@EthicalTanuki This is actually so real, and a problem I see so often with schools, just in general. They seem to have no good idea about software, and just take whatever proprietary software they can see, even when there are better, cheaper/free, open source alternatives, without even thinking if students can access them.
At my school, very few people even know what Linux is, for example. Only a handful of people in the CS department, and the technicians of course, but nobody respects them :/
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