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HOSEF Brings Linux And Open Source To Hawaii! - 9/10/2004 9:01:00 AM   
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Hawaii schools, affected by lean budgets like many other US states this year, have upgraded their computer systems through the help of the open source community and Linux. A local nonprofit, the Oahu-based Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation (HOSEF) has supplied over a dozen Hawaiian schools with computers "recycled" with the Linux operating system and raised awareness of OSS.

Founded by Scott Belford over two years ago, HOSEF's mission is to promote the use of open source software. The organization seeks donations of unused PCs and refurbishes them with Linux. HOSEF then places the units in schools and other nonprofits organizations throughout Hawaii.

What prompted Savannah, GA native Belford to lead the Hawaiian charge toward open source? A pile of discarded computers, he explains. "I grew tired of hearing about how our schools had no money and were falling behind in the race to computer literacy. I was determined to make a difference," Belford says.
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