The Oregonian: Oregon is Still a Soft Touch for Microsoft
May 28, 2003, 03:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Duin)
"Paul Nelson is hard-core on open-source software. He admits it.
When Riverdale High School launched last year with 80 computers
running Linux, the school saved $40,000. The system runs so well
that Nelson, the school's full-time network administrator, is
teaching three-quarters time.
"The computers cook. The software is free, meaning Riverdale
isn't in hock to Microsoft for licensing fees and costly upgrades.
Nelson thinks this aggressive pursuit of open-source software is
nothing less than due diligence for a school--or any other
bureaucracy--facing a budget crunch.
"House Speaker Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village, apparently
disagrees. She killed a bill last month that would have added a
little muscle to the state statute governing the analysis and
purchase of open-source software..."