Integrated with the IT upgrade (see below), we are implementing a policy to fully embrace the principles of open source property rights. So our laptops are running Linux Mint and we use LibreOffice for documents, spreadsheets etc. We avoid paying software license fees to profit-hungry corporations wherever possible.
Getting to grips with Linux in particular has been a huge learning curve for us, and we are especially grateful to Matthew Edmondson at the software co-op for his expertise and patience in guiding us up that curve.
As part of our open source policy, we are relaxing our intellectual property assertions. We want to share our expertise in co-operative development and the tools we have developed with the co-operative development sector, for the benefit of the co-operative movement as a whole. This may seem a little counter-intuitive at first, but in fact it makes good commercial as well as philosophical sense: