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johnny rivers discografia torrentPenn Manor’s open source, Linux and Ubuntu initiatives were the subject of a nice article in our local press. I’ve included the article text below. The original story is from the Lancaster New Era on December 7, 2011.
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johnny otis storyhetsune miku hentai District’s switch from Mac to Lenovo producing sizable savings
BY ELAINE J. JONES, Correspondent
At $900 a pop, it’s expensive to keep an Apple on every teacher’s desk.
That’s why Penn Manor technology director Charlie Reisinger has implemented a district-wide switch from MacBooks to Lenovo notebooks and a free operating system.
On Monday, Reisinger laid out the facts and figures for the school board as part of the district technology update.
Reisinger’s “small but mighty team” of seven — including system engineers, building level technicians and a help desk assistant — oversee the 3,500 computers and 40 servers that maintain the district’s infrastructure. During the past year, the team has resolved 2,682 support requests, a figure that doesn’t include countless informal calls or requests.
The team also accomplished 20 major projects, Reisinger said, the most significant of which was swapping the Mac operating system to Linux.
“We need to find creative ways to afford a sufficient number of computers for our classrooms,” Reisinger said.
Linux is similar to Windows or Mac, with one major exception — the software is completely free.
“Free as in cost, and free as in libre,” or able to be molded to the district’s own purposes, Reisinger said.
The name Linux may not ring familiar like Mac or Microsoft, but Reisinger said it’s a major player in technology. Most notably, it’s the operating system underlying Android smartphones. Firefox and Moodle are Linux open-source packages, Reisinger added.
Further, many major companies operate on Linux — including Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, the New York Stock Exchange, Siemens and U.S. Postal Service.
And the cost of the Lenovo notebooks, the hardware which supports the Linux operating system, is only $385, compared with $899 for a traditional MacBook.
The district purchased 620 laptops at a savings of $318,680 on hardware alone. The district saved even more on licenses and software.
The Linux desktop program, Ubuntu, is a hybrid of Windows and Mac, said Reisinger, who distributed notebooks to board members for a demonstration.
The change makes sense, Reisinger said, because classroom computers are largely used to access web-based programs such as Google Docs, Word Press or Moodle. With the Linux and Ubuntu systems, the district will also switch to LibreOffice.
“Ninety percent of what we do is browser-based,” Reisinger said, eliminating the need for a commercial Microsoft Office program. Google Docs, he added, is reliable despite occasional time lags.
Reisinger said the team also considered purchasing iPads for student use, but with an overall project cost of $70,000 more than the Lenovo, it was decided that “we don’t need to be locked into the Mac price premium.”
Plus, Reisinger said, feedback from several of the high school students who have used the Lenovo notebooks, which have a five-year life expectancy, is positive.
The team also plans open a protected Gmail domain for students, though Reisinger expects most will continue to use their private email accounts. Unlike district employees, it is not feasible to provide district-hosted email addresses to students because of mailbox and archiving costs.
Reisinger told the board he believes the decision to drop Apple products is “a great path forward for providing sufficient, high-quality, affordable technology in the hands of students.”
“We live in a rapidly changing world,” Reisinger said, and technology is a “massive enabler” to changing classrooms.
For more information about the district’s cost-saving technology changes, visit http://www.pennmanor.net/techblog.