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LinuxWorld: America's Promise gives Linux boxes to schools

May 09, 2000, 20:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Yesterday, retired general Colin Powell and Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison presented 1,100 new Linux-based Internet computers to the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The presentation took place at Booker T. Washington High School, once an all-black school in a segregated school system and now a nationally known magnet school for the visual and performing arts."

"Powell and Ellison came together as the result of linked promises they had made through the America's Promise and Oracle's Promise programs. Powell, who chairs America's Promise, and Ellison, who started Oracle's Promise to support Powell's efforts, intend to provide computers for use in schools in low-income neighborhoods across the country. The event yesterday at Booker T. Washington also celebrated the addition of 23 schools to the list of those where Powell's and Ellison's promises have been kept."

"Reuben Bohuchot, chief technology officer for the DISD, oversaw the 50-machine pilot program conducted at Booker T. Washington and is directing the installation of the remaining 1,100 machines within the DISD. Reuben said that the DISD does not currently use Linux except in the computers provided by Oracle, but that the district is looking at replacing Microsoft software with Linux and StarOffice."

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