Just want to chip in on the MS project part...
> Of course you should still have 100 licenses for MS Project too :-)
>> If you could find an acceptable equivalent of MS Project which ran natively
> in linux or with java, LTSP might be a really good option -- though you'd
> need to convince users to accept linux desktops too.
There are alternatives to MS Project, most of them done in Java.
This one (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/) looks very
MS-Projectish. It's Open Source, but still beta (as so many things
these days :-)) I didn't have the chance to test-drive it yet.
Another (also Java) alternative is GanttProject
(http://ganttproject.biz/) which also seems to do most of what MS
Project does -- and apparently it has an import filter for MS Project
"Microwave oven? Whaddya mean, it's a microwave oven? I've been
watching Channel 4 on the thing for two weeks."
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