French students to get open-source software on USB key
Fri Feb 2, 1:15 PM ET
San Francisco (IDGNS) - French authorities will give out 175,000 USB memory
sticks loaded with open-source software to Parisian high-school students at
the start of the next school year.
The sticks will give the students, aged 15 and 16, the freedom to access
their e-mail, browser bookmarks and other documents on computers at school,
home, a friend's house or in an Internet café -- but at a much lower cost
than providing notebook computers for all, a spokesman for the Greater Paris
Regional Council said Friday.
It's a way to reduce the digital divide, said spokesman Jean-Baptiste Roger.
The sticks will probably contain the Firefox 2 Web browser, Thunderbird
e-mail client, an office productivity suite such as OpenOffice.org 2, an
audio and video player, and software for instant messaging, he said.
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