Shahzad Saeed is a student and author of the ebook, Definitive Guide to Google Summer of Code. In his blog, he helps students with his knowledge of open source software. In Edutopia, he lists what he believes are the benefits of using free or low cost software. With it, as opposed to using corporate software, students can open the door to exploration and learning about the software. Also, there are no imposed upgrades and there is no spying on users; in addition, it provides better security. Saeed says that this type of software is much more user-oriented, has open standards, and if you want to switch to another company’s software, it’s easy to do. You’ll want to read the article to find out more about the social movement to free and low cost software.