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ERIC Number: EJ783332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
Linux Makes the Grade: An Open Source Solution That's Time Has Come
Houston, Melissa
Technology & Learning, v28 n4 p16 Nov 2007
In 2001, Indiana officials at the Department of Education were taking stock. The schools had an excellent network infrastructure and had installed significant numbers of computers for 1 million public school enrollees. Yet students were spending less than an hour a week on the computer. It was then that state officials knew each student needed a computer, and Indiana's one-to-one initiative was launched. But how were they to pay for such a huge project that would have cost $100 million a year in software licensing alone? The often-misunderstood technology ( thought of as "just free Web 2.0 stuff" by the uniformed) has been the answer in Indiana--and a growing number of school systems across the country--to shrinking school technology budgets and soaring software costs. Today, more than 100,000 Indiana school kids (in all, 300,000 high schoolers are slated to receive one) have their own $298 computer and monitor with numerous free software applications, and, in turn, schools across the state have secure, reliable, sophisticated server systems because of the Linux-based open source technology. In this article, the author discusses the Linux-based open source technology and presents two case studies of Linux solution in California and in Maine.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Indiana; Maine