Linspire Pitches to Education Vertical Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-10-13 Print this article Print

The workers of tomorrow may learn on Linux desktops in school today, if Linspire's low-cost licensing program is successful.

Intentionally or not, Linspire Inc. may be trying to become the "Education Linux" distribution. The San Diego-based desktop Linux software maker, formerly known as Lindows, Thursday launched a new, low-cost licensing program for schools who wish to install a Linux desktop operating system as an alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Windows operating system. Through the program, educators will be able to sign up for single copies or per-unit volume license packs of Linspire at special educator rates, starting at $15 per license.
Educators who are interested in the program and would like to receive a free evaluation copy of Linspire should visit this site.
"Desktop Linux is less expensive for schools to buy and less expensive for IT administrators to upgrade," Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony said. "Its easy to install and easy for teachers and staff members to learn, and its safe from the plague of viruses and spyware. Desktop Linux is the next-generation operating system that students today will grow up using." Linspire has been working closely with school districts since last August through the Indiana Access Program, which uses desktop Linux systems and standard hardware configurations to keep costs low. Wintergreen Systems Inc. provided the hardware and Linspire the software for Indiana classrooms. This program aims to provide each high school student in the state with an individual desktop Linux computer for instructional use in each classroom they visit during the day—a potential 300,000-unit deployment over the next several years. Click here to read about Linspires efforts to bring the Linux desktop to the channel. Is this new corporate program a direct spin-off of the Indiana school experiment? "Not entirely. Linspire has been working on our formal Education Program for some time, but the program certainly ended up being influenced by what we learned while working with the state of Indiana," Carmony told Ziff Davis Internet via e-mail. "The program was also fast-tracked to help us respond to the large demand we were seeing from other schools who were contacting us after learning of Indianas success with their one-to-one computing program." Linspire provides a complete, stable operating system for students, teachers and administrators alike. It includes all the applications critical to students and educators—including a full file-compatible office suite, Internet browser, e-mail client, graphics and photo editing programs, and Web filtering programs—in a familiar environment based on the Windows look and feel. Next Page: The future of Linspires Linux offerings in education.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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