We've inherited another network
. It's a UK school that has a habit of paying large amounts of $currency for badly-written programs (school = cash cow). This is partly because they don't take the time to test $shiny_bit_of_kit before paying out and partly because teachers see compatability w/ existing hardware and networks as not their problem.
I plan to crack down on this attitude (having been given veto / control of software purchases), but I was wondering if anyone out there has used open source software for education. By which I mean typing tutors, foreign language programs, science-type learning aids (they're getting OpenOffice already).
I've done preliminary research through sourceforge / freshmeat and found some interesting bits of kit (Celestia, for example), but a lot of the offerings tend to be geared to younger kids or university students.
Users being lusers, if it's not bright/shiny/works first time they'll run a mile and tell everyone they know that "we tried open source software, but it didn't work". While I could hunt them down and kill them, I'd prefer not to.
Anyone out there had success with this?