If K-12 education isn't willing to sacrifice these two costly approaches to satisfy the needs of its customers--the children served--then maybe it's time to take a look at the military and reflect that if the military can change to meet its needs, why can't education?
With the advent of forge.mil, etc. the military seems to be getting on board with free and open source software. A working group meeting is going to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, August 12-13, 2009. There's a pretty good lineup of speakers including a Marine from the Iraq-Marine Expeditionary Forces, who was on the ground and saw the agility open source gave to him and his soldiers.However, the Defense Department sees open source as a way to cut costs and boost security, and it wants more of it. (C-Net 2008).
Source: Slashdot Technology Story | Open Source Software In the Military