Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is free and open software?
See Wikipedia article
Why is it different from propietary software?
- doesn't cost money to buy it
- less of a footprint (i.e, you don't need expensive pc's to run it, less RAM, processor power)
- global community of users / support
- independent of fiscally biased assistance or opinion
What is the cost-savings?
- no upfront purchase price
- reduced maintenance cost
- ease of use allows for users to become involved with the solutions therefore adding extra value from participation
How is it measured?
- Take cost-savings per school and multiply it times # of schools in a district over annual basis
-License fee paid for proprietary software that is then sent to corporation headquarters
-Power consumption from using terminal servers requiring less electricity for each terminal
-Landfill, recycling and ewaste is reduced by extending the life of fully supported computers
-Donated hardware to schools from institutions or corporations that can then be refurbished with Free software
Unmeasurable from a monetary value
- freedom for users
- independence for schools to make informed decisions
- openness allows for greater community involvement in educational outcomes and direction