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OpenOffice Case Study in Detroit

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy converted nearly every computer on campus to OpenOffice (close to 300), and about half to Linux. This alternative saved the school over $100,000 compared to upgrading to the latest Microsoft Office and Windows combo.

Slashdot adds some worthwhile annotation to this news.

An interesting bit from the discussion:
“Microsoft properly asserts that is not 100% compatible with their product. Microsoft, however, has apparently decided not to support the formats either, for which they have no excuse: the standards for documents are publicly available, whereas Microsoft makes it a habit to sue people for reverse engineering their own formats.”

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