Basically Microsoft/copyright is scaring me, hence starting the exploration of open source software, particularly if I want to give old computers away to needy families.
A thing about Educational pricing: it stops being legal to use software so acquired as soon as you stop being a student. So say you (as a typical contemporary deal) have a wad of software included in the cost of your course. You install it, use it for two years, then finish your course. Now you have a choice to make. Do you
- keep right on using it, illegally?
- spend twice the cost of a new whitebox computer replacing just the basics at non-OEM non-Edu pricing?
- switch away from something you just spent two years familiarising yourself with?