"Like most sensible people, high school teacher Rudy Lopez had
never believed in 'something for nothing.' Then again, most people
haven't met R. Scott Belford, founder of the Hawaii Open Source
"Lopez took his computer to Belford, a local technology
coordinator, for some basic repairs. During that first meeting,
Belford asked Lopez if he'd like to try out some 'free software'
known as open source. 'I basically felt that I'd probably get what
I didn't pay for,' Lopez recalls.
"Belford is all too familiar with that perception. Last year, he
founded the nonprofit Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation
(HOSEF) to dispel such notions about open-source technology and, in
the process, provide a valuable resource to Hawaii's cash-strapped
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