Ten schools so far adopt Novell open source

But Ministry expects most schools will stay on Windows and Mac

Ten schools have so far accepted the scheme for Novell to provide open-source software centred on Linux, says Novell country manager Matthew Christie.

Channels are still being set up to serve the schools. They will probably begin implementing during the next vacation, with the big push to come over the summer break, he says.

Douglas Harre at the Ministry of Education, however, says he does not expect a rash of open-source desktop use to result. “Schools will be taking advantage of this offer mainly for the server side; the Ministry is certainly not seeking to push open-source desktops,” he says.

At present 87% of schools use Windows on the desktop and the rest are mainly Macs, he says, “and we expect it will stay that way.

“There may be the occasional senior high school student experimenting with Linux on the desktop, but that’s all,”

Harre says.

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