Open Source and the Academe

Since top universities like MIT and Berkeley have integrated Open Source into their learning programs, even making some courses available for free, the debate continues as to the necessity, value and effectiveness of open source software on non-commercial applications.

But just like Linux revolutionizing the OS market, open source software can bring about a transformative impact on the way knowledge is shared, developed and nurtured in any academic setting. The benefits the new technology can bring ranges from reduction of school’s administrative costs to enhanced electronic interaction between teacher and students.

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