Cégep de Rimouski turns to free software

The Cégep de Rimouski decided to drop Microsoft and turn to the LibreOffice office suite. The vast majority of its 1,600 workstations should be converted by fall 2013.

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The Cégep de Rimouski decided to drop Microsoft and turn to the LibreOffice office suite. The vast majority of its 1,600 workstations should be converted by fall 2013.

Currently, the Microsoft Office 2003 suite is installed on CEGEP computers. "The expiry date is April 2014," indicates Mario Côté, coordinator in the information technologies department at the Rimouski CEGEP. Buying new licenses would have cost around 100,000 $. »However, we can download LibreOffice absolutely free. As the office suite had to be changed anyway and staff had to be trained on a new version, it was considered an ideal time to make the change.

Three years ago, a free and open source software committee was created. The objective: to change not only the office suite, but also all the software with an equivalent free version when possible. Students will also be encouraged to install free software on their personal devices.

“We started on a small scale. We invited people to come and test the LibreOffice suite in small groups. We initiated them and we had good comments, says Côté. There aren't many differences, but some features are done differently. We have therefore set up a team to provide support. "

However, some exceptions will remain. “Certain specialized software forms a bridge with the Microsoft Office suite, so we have no choice,” says Mr. Côté.

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Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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