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NewsForge: How Open Source is Getting Nonprofits Out of a Squeeze

Apr 15, 2004, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Efforts across the country to recycle old computer hardware have earned the support of communities looking to supply families, schools, and nonprofits with IT connectivity. Now the same principle is being applied to software, as nonprofits caught between data collection and storage requirements and IT licensing costs turn to free and open source software.

"FreeGeek (motto: 'Helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the third millennium') of Portland, Ore., is well-known in the area as a positive resource for transforming toxic IT trash into tech bootstraps for the less privileged and groups that serve them. The group's Collaborative Technologies effort takes it to another level by seeking out open source, free, and old software to use along with the tossed and rejuvenated tech gear. The group provides consulting for all of its clients, but only some of the more affluent nonprofits have to actually pay..."

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