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Linux numbers keep increasing

  • Subject: Linux numbers keep increasing
  • From: High Plains Thumper <highplainsthumper@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 02:32:07 -0600
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The numbers keep increasing. Small examples of Linux implementations:

Oct. 06, 2005


China will install a total of 141,624 new desktop computers running Linux in school classrooms this year. The PCs are ticketed for the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, for an educational program called the School-to-School Project. They will run Sun Wah Linux's Debian-based RAYS LX.

141,624 x $50 US = $7,081,200 US simple cost avoidance over Microsoft Windows licenses.

May 21, 2007


The San Diego Unified School District has selected Novell's SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) as the standard platform for its "Always-On Learning Initiative," a mobile computing initiative intended to help students achieve academic success and prepare them for life and work in the 21st century.


This school district turning to the Linux desktop and open source is not a small matter. The San Diego Unified School District is the second-largest school district in California, serving more than 130,000 students, 100,000 of whom are in grades three through 12.

Apr. 24, 2008


Brazil's Ministry of Education ("MEC") is installing Linux in labs used by 52 million schoolchildren, reports KDE developer Mauricio Piacentini. Piacentini's blog post describes MEC's "Linux Educacional 2.0" as "a very clean Debian-based distribution, with KDE 3.5, KDE-Edu, KDE-Games, and some tools developed by the project."


Piacentini says that typical labs use one server and seven satellite PCs, each of which supports two KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) stations. Thus, most labs have 15 available workstations. For labs in rural locations with limited electricity, a single server can support up to seven KVMs. There's also a set-up with a large TV monitor for special needs children. Some 29,000 labs will be completed this year, with 53,000 labs set up by the end of next year.

Let's do the math:

53,000 x 15 = 795,000 Linux desktops. At $50 US per license, that alone is $39,750,000 simple cost avoidance over Microsoft Windows licenses. Imagine that, a $40 million US savings in Brasil Education Labs only, not including other savings in other locations as well.

Quando omni flunkus moritati
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- "Red" Green

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