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Case Study V—Volunteer Effort Saves a Charter School $145,000

Case Study V—Volunteer Effort Saves a Charter School $145,000

Systems integration professional Mark Fowle had two kids in a Holly Springs, NC, charter school, and was active on the board of directors and the technology committee. When the school moved to a new facility, Fowle saw an opportunity to help them upgrade some systems at a reduced cost using Open Source. He proposed Linux for new servers, and the StarOffice office suite on new Windows desktops. Fowle was able to provide Web and email services at no additional cost beyond the hardware, avoiding expensive outside services. With a little volunteer help from the local Linux Users Group, Fowle eventually saved the school nearly $145,000 over two and a half years. He continues to assist them with technology decisions and support, and is currently working on migrating some desktops to Linux.


  

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