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How Open Source Saved a School District's IT Department

Sep 24, 2007, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Brodkin)

"Heather Carver faced major dilemmas when she became the IT director at Windsor Unified School District in California one year ago. There was no virus protection, no data backup, and upgrading to current Microsoft technologies would have cost more than $100,000, half of the district's IT budget. Buying security from Trend Micro to cover all seven schools would have cost $200,000 a year.

"'When I got here a year ago they did not have an IT manager or director,' Carver said this week while giving a presentation at the Gartner Open Source Summit in Las Vegas. 'It was basically someone who had some computer experience who fell into it. I had to do a complete review of my entire district, the desktop and servers, software licensing...'"

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