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OpenOffice on 41,000 Australian School Computers

Erwin Tenhumberg points out that will be installed on 41,000 computers in schools in New South Wales, Australia this year.

He discovered it via Computerworld New Zealand’s article, “NSW Education Downgrades Microsoft Deal:”

“Technology chief Stephen Wilson announced the department will install a free alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite…, OpenOffice, on 41,000 computers due to be distributed to schools across the state by the end of 2008… “For the first time we’re going to install OpenOffice on every computer under our Technology 4 Learning programme,” he says.”

In addition, they have been replacing Vista with Windows XP on new machines they purchase, most likely in order to get more out of cheaper hardware and to avoid software incompatibilities with programs they are running.

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