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Cassidy: Linux could ease schools' tech crunch

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"'One viable solution to getting the old computers working again is to install Linux on them,' Peter Perpich, a San Jose Web application engineer, wrote in an e-mail. 'Linux needs significantly less processing power than Windows and is free. There is also a wealth of free open-source software for the platform.'

"Perpich was thinking of Davis Intermediate School when he wrote to me. My column talked about how the San Jose school was grappling with a problem that illustrates the struggle many cash-strapped schools have when it comes to computers. The PC lab at Davis is filled with computers that are so old they can't handle an upgrade to the Windows version they're running. The Windows version is so old that Microsoft will soon stop supporting it, leaving administrators worried about increased vulnerability to viruses. Replacing the computers isn't in the budget. And so the school principal has been considering disconnecting the machines from the Internet, rendering them slightly more functional than paper weights."

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