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The Salt Lake Tribune: Linux Could Become Inexpensive Alternative to Proprietary Systems

Feb 25, 2003, 13:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marshall Thompson)

"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 program.

"'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..."

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