I was amused to read the story of Warrington School the other day. It seems that the principal, eager to stretch his IT resources further, decided to install Linux on the machines within his school rather than the Windows OS that they are generally supplied with. The change has enabled the school to use lower spec machines and even lend surplus low-spec machines to students who don’t have computers at home.
Seeing an opportunity, said principal has requested from the Ministry of Education that the fees that would have been payable to Microsoft for Windows, be forwarded directly to the school to pay for a local technician and further development of the OpenSource platform.
Not surprisingly the authorities are yet to respond to the school’s request!