"I'm usually not mining my annual Christmas party for story
tips. But as Linux enters the mainstream, it touches the lives of
more people and more businesses, so it's no surprise that it's
affecting the lives of my friends as well."
"Like my friend Michael Krause, the executive director of the
Green Institute. The Green Institute is an entrepreneurial
environmental organization creating jobs, improving the quality of
life, and enhancing the urban environment in inner-city
Minneapolis. It works strictly on the local level. It also has
three revenue-generating ventures: the Phillips Eco-Enterprise
Center, the ReUse Center, and DeConstruction Services."
"At the party, Michael told me that the Green Institute had
switched to a Linux-based system for several tasks. The reason for
the switch was simple: it would cut down on the time system
administrators spent maintaining the system. Furthermore, if the
Linux system worked as well as the Green Institute anticipated,
there would be no need for one of the system administrators.
"On a global scale, this is barely worth a mention. But on the
local level, the level where the Green Institute and thousands of
others nonprofits exist, this is huge news. The Green Institute
isn't exactly flush with cash, so the potential to save on
resources devoted to a computing system is enormous. With savings,
I'm not really speaking of the money spent on the actual operating
system -- most resellers have heavily discounted rates for
nonprofits, so the cash outlay for a Microsoft OS probably isn't as
much as you'd think -- but the administrative time spent on
maintaining a system on a daily basis. This now free up time that
can be spent on other tasks, and anyone who has worked with a
nonprofit knows that there is always a long line of tasks that need
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