"Russell Weeks, a member of the math department at Logan High
School, has removed the traditional operating system from his
computer programming lab and replaced it with a free Linux-based
"'We had some concerns about the cost of Microsoft and having
the flexibility of changing what kind of software you want to run,'
Weeks says. 'We've been talking about doing this for some time, so
we just decided to drive off the cliff.'
"That cliff is the line between what computer types call
proprietary software and open-source software. Proprietary software
must be bought, licensed and upgraded regularly. Windows XP and Mac
OS X are both proprietary. Linux, and versions of Linux like Red
Hat and SuSE, are free, flexible and often more powerful.
"Logan High students have adjusted well to Linux..."