Japanese schools may convert aging PCs to Linux

OhmyNews reports that Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms across the nation in the near future. According to an investigation, currently there are over 400,000 computers as schools across Japan running either Windows 98 or Windows ME–operating systems no longer supported by Microsoft. Because of the prohibitive cost of replacing the machines, as well as the cost of necessary proprietary software, school teachers and administrators are proposing the more affordable alternative of shifting from Windows to open-source software…


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