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University At Buffalo Endorses Open Source 15

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.
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University At Buffalo Endorses Open Source

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  • That the rest of the world see's the same things that we at /. have been concerned about.
  • I'm so going to university there

    Now to obtain an american citizenship.

    Color or colour?
  • As a current Computer Science/Math student at University at Buffalo (insiders call it UB) you would think I would have something relevant to say, but you'd be wrong.
  • Interesting... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ewhenn ( 647989 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2003 @04:45PM (#5647069)
    As I was a student there in 2000, they had signed a contract with Microsoft, basically giving all staff and students free copies of Office 2000, Win2000, etc. Quite a drastic change in a short time frame, transitioning from exclusively MS office products to endorsing open source.
    • MS probably jerked them around on this "free software" deal and tried to bill them for it when economic times got tough. I'd bet you that's what this is about :)
    • As a former student and IT lackey of Niagara University (20 Min. down the road from UB) I was always upset at the fear of the IT dept. to open their minds, and give Open Source a chance (even after all of my pleading). I have since transfered out, and out of the area but still maintain contacts in the area UB included. Geeks alike are very happy about this, others who are clueless are sure to be impressed (after the microsoft cleansing) so everyone wins. And this currently has me thinking about transferi
  • with approx 25,000+ students enrolled.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Don't get your hopes up too much, UB people. The referenced link was a resolution of the faculty senate, not a declaration of the administration. I'm not aware of the faculty power at UB, but at most of the universities I've had contact with (Penn State, Ohio State, Indiana State, Washington U. St. Louis), the faculty senate is just a way for the faculty to be collectively ignored by the administration. So, when the administration ends the MS contract, I'll be impressed, but not until.
  • (I am not a student at UB) ... but I did take some classes there, and have had a lot of experience with their IT guys. And while they *do* offer lots of "free" MS software to students, almost all of their computer systems on the IT end of things are run on UNIX.

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