When my eldest daughter first started college some instructors insisted on the use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Eventually she did get the student edition but for quite some time she defiantly stuck with OpenOffice. For most of the work she was doing, as long as she could save it in Word format the teacher had no idea what she used. Want to save some bucks? Start with Going Back to School with Open Source.
From school supplies and computers to clothes and room decorations, heading off to school can be expensive. But with these easy-to-use open source applications, you can save money and get all the tools you need to manage your classwork and your life. Read more... at About.com Open Source
Unless you're taking a class on a specific software program, you can open source your desktop publishing software too with programs such as Scribus, Inkscape, and the GIMP.
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