Math421 writes "The Faculty Senate at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, approved a
resolution endorsing Open Source for the campus. They explicitly suggest Linux and OpenOffice."
While this is just one school, the document collects in one compact list many of the things that make a lot of conventional software (including Microsoft's) expensive in terms of freedom and privacy as well as money. Other schools' students and faculty members would do well to read it.