Am just refreshing my references and arguments for open source for education and small business. Stumbled across this paper entitled " Open Access, Open Archives And Open Source in Higher Education" delivered at the State Library Of New South Wales, in Sydney in 2005 as part of the National Scholarly Communications Forum by Professor John M. Unsworth, of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, USA.
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What I've long suspected turns out to be true; you can spend less money on hardware as well when using open source software. Double the savings! Don't believe me? The IT manager at Westall Secondary College (where I occasionally help out) has said just that in an article called "Ubuntu breathes new life into school's abandoned hardware".
Because we get a plug, I suppose I should explain a bit about the work I've done at the school :-)
Participated in a local summit today at the ANU. Senator Kate Lundy put together a program covering many aspects of not only Open Source technology but also issues around Creative Commons, access to knowledge, and participation.