Sunday, 28 October 2007

UK government gets the right end of the stick

The UK government is now advising that schools should not sign license agreements with Microsoft. It looks like that they are finally getting the right end of the technology stick at last.

It's generally a bad idea for site licenses to be blanket bought by schools because it is another way that Microsoft supports its monopoly position. By offering large discounts and a network of machines that do not need individual licenses, the offer that Microsoft makes is certainly attractive to school IT decision makers who probably are unaware of the politics of the IT industry or have no interest in the OS market place. Ideally, schools should have a number of machines for students to use (Windows, Macs, Linux, Unix) to broaden their exposure to the number of systems that are out there in the real world. I'm in complete agreement with the government on this one.

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