by Colin Dodd
The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source.
The Ministry recommended in a statement that schools and universities use OpenOffice. The application suite is sufficiently mature and advanced to be used for teaching and for office use in education and science institutes. “OpenOffice can successfully substitute proprietary applications and will result in significant savings on licenses.”
The ministry published the statement on its website on 17 July, three days before the official end of the ‘WiOO w Szkole’ (‘Free and Open Software in Schools’) campaign, a promotion tour run by 150 volunteers of the Polish Foundation on Open Source (Fwioo).