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Should we use Open Source?

You may be wondering what “open source” is. If you don’t already know you are missing out and should really research it straight away!

I have just read an article that says if schools move to open source, e.g. Linux and open office, they would be saving themselves at least £35000 per year. Should the school consider it? What open source would you recommend? What open source do you use?

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  1. Chris Wells
    February 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I personally have never used any open sources before, i have attually never heard of them till today. I agree using them will be saving a lot of money that could be used else where but i would like to see our school to sick to what we have.

    Yes it costs a lot but every student has used Microsoft office and can confidently use it easily without any instructions and introducing something new may not be appreciated. After using GoogleDocs i find that microsoft office is so such better. It is easier to understand, and easier to use. Also Microsoft does not require a internet connection where GoogleDocs does.

    • February 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Good to hear your opinion. How about Open Office as opposed to Microsoft Office? Students are learning “transferable skills” so should adapt to new software and technology quite easily. Are we, as a school, “forced” into using Microsoft Office because it a tradition? Is it actually better?

      • Chris Wells
        February 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

        I dont know if it is “better” although i do know keeping people in their comfort zone of using Microsoft Office will be easier rather than going through the trouble of getting used to this new product.
        Although I would admit, you are in school to learn more skills and if using other products like Open Office is one of those skills, then it might be good idea to use this product. On the other hand I personally wouldn’t want to use this, simple because I cant see Microsoft Office being replaced so the skills I already have are good enough.
        I believe schools are forced to use Microsoft Office because it is the most well known and used. If students want to continue their work at home, i could confidently say their computer or laptop will have Microsoft Office on it, and this will mean the students wont need to download a new software to continue their work at home

  2. Lauren Abley
    February 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I think we should get open office, it may take some time for everybody to learn how to use it but people had to learn how to use microsoft. If it is saving money then we should definatly use it as the school could buy better things with the money they save.

  3. roy duffin
    February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Although having never used open source, I think that if it offers everything that microsoft does, and obviously with the added bonus that it is free, then we should use it, so what if it has a few differences, get past them and think about the money you can save.

    • Andrew Tonge
      February 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      i think that we should use open source because it will save loads of money and it is just as effective as Microsoft. it may take a while getting used to it but people will eventually get used to it. and with the money that has been saved, the school can use it more effectively

  4. Andrew
    February 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    i think that we should use open source because it will save loads of money and it is just as effective as Microsoft. it may take a while getting used to it but people will eventually get used to it. and with the money that has been saved, the school can use it more effectively.

  5. Adam
    March 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    If it’s just as reliable I don’t see why not. Lots of benefits.

  6. Bethany King
    March 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I think using open office would benefit the school because the extra money could be spend improving other areas, such as better computers. But it may take people time to get used to it and confuse them using different software at home to school.

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