[Linux-aus] Organizing an Australian Open Source Roadshow?

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Fri Jan 30 13:10:02 UTC 2004

On Fri, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:54:48PM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:25, Anshul Gupta wrote:
> > Why are you looking at the prices of the computers. Microsoft isn't
> > selling computers to these educational institutes.
> He is looking at the price of related items which could be bought if the 
> money hadn't been spent on Microsoft.


In order to use computers, schools must buy actual hardware. They don't, 
however, _need_ to buy Microsoft or proprietary software for a reasonably 
large portion of their requirements. For instance, many schools are paying 
a couple of hundred dollers per-seat for Adobe Photoshop where WinGIMP or 
similar would do all that students wanted. Same goes for PDF making 

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