SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional Only $50 for Students, Teachers, Schools
SUSE Linux Has New Educational Discount Program
Mike Angelo -- 14 November 2003 (C)
SUSE Linux is doing its part to get students and schools, including elementary and secondary schools plus colleges and universities, to deploy and use Linux for their own use as well as for instructional use. That's particularly important because getting young people to learn and to use Linux is critical for the growth, development, and deployment of Linux. (Please see our article, Young People Are The Future of Linux.)
SUSE, to its credit, has been very active in promoting Linux in schools. Previously, in a Linux giveaway program that SUSE started in March 2001, SUSE gave some 2,500 boxes of SUSE Linux 7.1 to qualifying U.S. high schools. (Please see our article, SUSE Linux Free for US High Schools.) Incidentally, SUSE Vice-President Joe Eckert told MozillaQuest Magazine earlier today that the new SUSE education program does not affect the SUSE Linux giveaway program: It does not affect it at all -- this [new program] is add-on.
In September 2003, SUSE's Joe Eckert called our attention to a recent project in which SUSE donated 700 copies of SUSE 8.1 to Lehigh Valley Computers For Kids, which provides free PCs to students in Allentown, PA. (Please see SUSE and Computers for Kids in our article, Young People Are The Future of Linux.)
Effective 12 November 2003, SUSE put in place a new educational discount program. The new SUSE program offers substantial discounts to qualifying students, teachers, and educational organizations. Please see Table 1, below.
In this new, additional SUSE educational program, educational institutions plus qualifying individuals such as students, parents, and faculty people are eligible for the Linux product price discounts. The SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional Edition at only $49.95 for qualifying students, teachers, and schools is lots of bang for the buck.
MozillaQuest Magazine is in the process of testing and checking SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional right now. This article is being written using AbiWord 1.99.5 and OpenOffice 1.10 Writer running on SUSE 9.0 Professional.
Another nice office suite, KOffice, also comes with SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional. You also get The GIMP, an image manipulation program that is comparable to PhotoShop ($299 educational price), with SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional.
Altogether, SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional priced at only $49.95 for qualifying students, teachers, and educational organizations is a much better choice and more bang for the buck than buying or using Microsoft Windows XP or MS Office 2003. Here's why.
With SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional, you get the broad power and stability of the GNU-Linux desktop as opposed to the less stable, less powerful, and virus-prone Microsoft Windows desktop.
The GNU-Linux operating system and the applications such as AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, The GIMP, and so forth that come with SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional are all Open Source or Free Software. That means that you can install them and use them on as many different computers as you like.
On the other hand, the applicable Microsoft greedy, end-user agreements (EULAs) taken together with Microsoft's horrible Product Activation system mean that you can install MS Windows on only one computer for each copy or license for MS Windows that you buy from Microsoft. With MS Office 2003 and its product family, you are restricted to installing Office 2003 on only one desktop computer and one laptop computer for each copy or license for MS Office 2003 that you buy from Microsoft.
The price of the Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003, which includes only Excel 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, and Word 2003 and no operating system is $149. For only $49.95, about one-third of that Microsoft Office $149 price-tag, qualifying students, parents, teachers, and educational organizations can get SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional, which includes the GNU-Linux operating system and desktop plus AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, The GIMP, and lots more software.
Microsoft prices its MS Windows XP operating system, academic, product at $99. That's twice the price of SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional's $49.95 educational price. Plus with SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional you get not only the GNU-Linux operating system and desktop, you also get AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, The GIMP, and lots more software.
So, here is how it adds up. With SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional you get the stable and powerful GNU-Linux operating system and desktop, AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, The GIMP, and lots more software for only $49.95 with the educational discount. The MS Windows XP operating system and desktop academic version ($99) plus the Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 ($149) comes to $248 altogether, about five times (500%) the price of SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional with the educational discount at $49.95.
You get so much more for so much less if you buy SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional instead of the MS Windows XP operating system and desktop academic version and/or the Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003.
In addition to AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, and The GIMP, SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional includes all sorts of Internet tools (Web browsers, chat clients, e-mail clients, Web page authoring software, Apache Web server, etc.), multimedia software (audio and video playing and recording stuff, CD playing and burning software, and so forth), graphics software (imaging and photo editing programs, vector drawing applications, image and photo viewers, etc.), all sorts of games, and programming tools such as the GNU C++, Fortran, and Java compilers and lots more.
Putting things bluntly, if you are a qualifying student, parent of a student, teacher, or an educational organization buyer, you have to be just plain stupid to buy MS Windows XP or MS Office 2003 instead of SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional.
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