I have tried gimp, gimp may be free but to compare it to photoshop? It just doesn't seem as powerful (although I do see there is a lot you can do in it which are also the fundamentals of photoshop).
There is a lot of good freeware out there. OpenOffice is a good replacement for Microsoft Office, but if you need all the power of Micrsoft Office and are very familiar with it, you will find OpenOffice falls short. But if you only ever used the basics - Yeh~ Freeware all the way!
To go any further in this conversation is going to lead to comparisons of features and other silly charts which I am not going to get involved with. I will say this final thing about Education, I have kept it neutral, one side falls on what I have been saying, the other side falls in the positive for Andy and only time will tell.
If I were choosing a University where they taught some free software from the Internet, or alternatively something a little expensive which most of the Industry actually uses and is highly respected, I know which one sounds better. That said, what you said is still certainly valid, what you said would start not at the Universities but at the high schools. If the high school students think the software is better then what they eventually use at University then the free stuff will stick - issue is, it has to be better. That is providing they actually continue to study Graphic Art, if they use the free stuff at high school and go onto further education in another field and talk like pros using the stuff the pros do not use, then this creates only a nice piece of software for armatures. Like I said, time will tell, I am just letting the ball bounce where it will.
Originally Posted by AndyFitz
Actually my idea for pushing the free stuff into the high schools might be a smart idea. So interesting though, it is free, no-one is paid to go and tell the schools to use it *lol*. Just some guy says, 'hey it's cool' - which is a good thing, but not as nice as someone in a suit coming and sitting down with the I.T. department.