The concept of open-source software seems so firmly entrenched in higher education that it comes as almost a shock to realize there's actually a debate over it. But debate there was, civilized and trenchant, this week during the annual EDUCAUSE conference on technology in higher education in Orlando, Fla., Network World reports. "It's really tough to take [commercial software] systems built for a corporate world and stick them into an education world," said Bradley Wheeler, vice president for IT at Indiana University, adding that one recent book estimated education globally would spent $5.5 billion installing ERP software--much of it in...

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