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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..."

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