[Linux-aus] comment for an article on Government website accessibility

Tom Sparks tom_a_sparks at yahoo.com.au
Thu May 28 11:49:00 EST 2009

--- On Thu, 28/5/09, Samps <samps at unplugd.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 28 May 2009 10:57:09 am Paul
> Coldrey wrote:
> .. basically the commonwealth puts up the
> > money but it is up to the school bodies and state
> governments to decide
> > how to spend it,.. hence, one might imagine a lot of
> repeated effort and
> > a great disparity in the quality of the outcomes for
> different schools.
> >
> Sadly so. I am one the many techs working in South
> Australian schools and, 
> what we're seeing is, that our Department of Education is
> withholding $250 in 
> every $1000 of the DER (Digital Education
> Revolution)-money, to pay for 
> proprietary software licensing cost. That is money that
> could make the 
> difference between a very basic computer and a fairly
> decent one. 
I just don't get these idiots
why should they decide what hardware/software we want to use

> Also, the money is subject to a tie-in to certain vendors
> that we are allowed 
> to buy the equipment/software from, and every and all
> computer, be it a Mac, 
> Solaris, Linux, Windows, have to be accompanied by a
> Windows license.

Don't these idiots know that you can't run windows on mac without hacking the software/hardware

> Samps

this is what is killing the move to linux for most people


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