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NewsForge: Open Source and Non-Profits: A Match Made in Heaven

Aug 07, 2002, 03:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"We've long talked about how government agencies almost owe it to taxpayers to explore low-cost Open Source alternatives to Microsoft and other high-cost vendors, but it seems that non-profit organizations such as churches are also starting to get the Open Source religion.

"The move toward Open Source among these often cash-strapped groups may be more the speed of a single conversion at a time instead of a big-tent revival, but one Intranet software vendor sees a growing interest in Open Source among its non-profit clients.

"Scott Testa, COO of Mindbridge Software, says about 30 of the 800 customers of his company's IntraSmart 'instant Intranet' software are non-profits running it on Linux, and about 10% of the company's customers overall are running Linux. While the company still sells more software packages to companies running Windows or Unix, Testa predicts that Linux could become the second favorite platform in the next year or two, surpassing Solaris and other Unixes, and interest from non-profit groups should be a big reason..."

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