Open source continues to increase its reach into colleges and universities, with three-quarters considering it when shopping for IT.
Research by OSS Watch found that most institutions (69 per cent) have deployed open source on their servers. The most common use is for database servers (62 per cent), web servers (59 per cent) and operating systems (56 per cent).
Use of Moodle, the open source course management system, has also grown to 56 per cent in less than three years.
In contrast to servers, the use of open source on desktops is lower - 47 per cent have used it on desktops. All educational institutions interviewed offer Internet Explorer on desktop PCs and 68 per cent also provide Mozilla Firefox...