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[News] Success Story: City Builds Network with Free Software and GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Success Story: City Builds Network with Free Software and GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 01:16:17 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
A California city rebuilds network using all open source software

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| Open source network tools such as Asterisk IP PBX give the city of Madera 
| needed voice and data improvements for a cost it can handle  



How open source saved a school district’s IT department

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| Heather Carver faced major dilemmas when she became the IT director at 
| Windsor Unified School District in California one year ago. There was no 
| virus protection, no data backup, and upgrading to current Microsoft 
| technologies would have cost more than $100,000, half of the district’s IT 
| budget. Buying security from Trend Micro to cover all seven schools would 
| have cost $200,000 a year.     


Open Source Resolution Passed -- California

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| This is Great News and more evidence that the Open Voting idea is catching 
| on. 


California city connects with open-source networking

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| Reliance on open source has been inexpensive and stable, says IT 
| manager for Madera, Calif.
| [...]
| In Madera's case, two Vyatta Inc. routers that run on the Debian 
| GNU/Linux-based open-source operating system helped Wheeler consolidate 
| routers in the city's data center last year. By eliminating eight Cisco 
| routers that needed upgrading in order to accommodate additional traffic, he 
| said he saved the city $16,000, spending about one-third of what he would 
| have spent on the Cisco router upgrade.     
| In a more dramatic money-saving move, the city did a complete network upgrade 
| to implement a voice-over-IP system based on Asterisk, an open-source PBX 
| system from Digium Inc. in Huntsville, Ala. The Asterisk VoIP system cost 
| about $120,000, whereas a Cisco system would have run about $400,000, he 
| said.    


California to Start Review of Voting Machines

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| Vendors have time to submit their machines including documentation
| and source code until July 1st or face severe restrictions, including
| decertification, for the 2008 elections. Scheduled to start next week,
| the review will include a red-team attack and going through the
| source code.


E-voting vendor succumbs to California source code demands

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| "... there are serious concerns regarding the motivations and apparent 
| personal agendas of a number of the currently proposed examiners," ES&S 
| exec StevenPearson wrote in a letter agreeing to turn over the source 
| code.


Open Source: Marginal or Mainstream?

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| "Most IT shops are too busy finding solutions and pursuing them to tell you 
| that they do it," he said. There are extensive mission-critical open source 
| applications being used in the California state government, he added.  
| [...]
| "Why get trapped for life into paying huge amounts of money for licensing 
| which forbids you from being able to fix the broken code you have been sold," 
| wrote one state employee, "when there are free alternatives that are often 
| more secure and offer more features?"   


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