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Monday, February 26, 2007

School district saves $412,000 with Linux

[Image: Tux]With the shear number of computers in a school district, it can be very costly to upgrade computers. One school district in Ohio, who was replacing older computers, switched to Linux, a move that saved them about $412,000. The savings comes from the fact that there is no Windows tax (licensing fee). The school will also save money by no longer needing the amount of virus protection for the computers as they previously did.

The nature of Linux allows them to upgrade over time, something that will save them from breaking their budget all at once. With an upgrade to Windows XP, it would require the entire district to be upgraded at once, which they cannot financially handle. Also, it saves the IT department (all of two people) time because they can easily copy the same install over all computers, not possible with Microsoft.

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7:55 PM | Posted by mike | 1 comments posted below

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I wish that my school would upgrade to Linux. All the computers now are running on some of the buggiest windows software. I think half of the blame falls on the IT guy who doesn't seem to know what he is doing and is rarely there when something goes sour.
By Anonymous chris, at 2/26/2007 07:34:00 PM
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