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NewsForge: Linux Helps Kids, Brings Hope, In Hawaii

Nov 23, 2004, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Whether Linux is suitable for the desktop yet is a point debated by analysts, journalists, hobbyists, and pundits worldwide. It's easy to find stories about enterprise adoption of Linux for servers, and corporate CIOs are ever so willing to extol the virtues of open source software--as long as it is kept in the back. No one ever goes all the way and puts Linux on the secretaries' computers (OK, maybe it happened once). Perhaps the way to see Linux adopted globally in the enterprise is to start developing desktop users at a tender age. That's what Scott Belford and the other members of the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation (HOSEF) are counting on.

"As Belford likes to say, HOSEF was founded 'by a pile of discarded computers.' He was working on an MBA at the University of Hawaii when he stumbled upon a bunch of old hardware on the trash heap.

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