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DesktopLinux.com: The State of Linux in Maine

Apr 14, 2003, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])

"Speaking to a full house last Thursday, Trask hosted a full-day seminar for area educational technologists and principals anxious to learn how to move their computer systems from proprietary technologies to open source Linux, on servers and the desktop. High costs and licensing restrictions are key reasons educators are considering a switch. But Trask notes that is not the only reason. 'Stability, ease of use, and ease of management all drove me to Linux,' he adds. His school saved $5,000 this year alone in licensing fees to Microsoft with a move to open source.

"David Trask's Linux seminar was coordinated by Sharon Betts, the Technology Director for the Kennebunk School Dept. as well as the secretary for the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM). Betts approached Trask to host the event and share his experience and expert advice to demonstrate to state educators that Linux is a full featured and less expensive proposition than Microsoft.

"'In Kennebunk / Kennebunkport schools we have great community support for technology. And yet, the high tax base and influx of students has made the Microsoft solution too expensive. We are planning a migration to the Linux platform over the next few years. Next year we plan to go to OpenOffice.org and switch the servers to the new platform. We are studying use of Linux Terminal Project in our new K-3 school which will open in the Fall of 2004,' reports Sharon Betts. 'By making these changes, we can continue to offer our students an exemplary foundation in technology without the expensive licensing fees. David Trask and many other technology educators in Maine have established a ring of support. It is fantastic to work with people willing to look to the future together...'"

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