[K12OSN] School board not interested in OSS

Rob Owens rob.owens at biochemfluidics.com
Mon Nov 10 13:12:18 UTC 2008

Jason Yeoman wrote:
> Here in Ontario the Ministry of Education purchases licenses for
> software and provides it at no cost for the schools.  There is no real
> incentive to look towards OSS.  
> I feel for the students because they are
> forced to use Microsoft Office then have to purchase it for home to do
> their homework.  I would like to see Open Office and other great
> software on cd for lending from the school library.  Some families
> can't afford MS Office.
That's the incentive, right there.

As a side note, I just discovered that OpenOffice has extensions
available (like Firefox does).  http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/

There is an extension that allows you to import and edit PDF documents.
 I've tested it and it does work.  It requires OpenOffice 3.0.

Extensions were one of the main selling points for Firefox, and I
wouldn't be surprised to see extensions become a big selling point for
OpenOffice as well.


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