BASCOM Announces Open Source Equipment Exchange: Linux Pioneer Gives Back to the "Community" to Promote Development and Innovation

Linux Pioneer Gives Back to the "Community" to Promote Development and Innovation

LINUXWORLD CONFERENCE AND EXPO (Booth #433 )- New York, NY - February 4, 2000—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), pioneering developers of Linux-based thin server productivity solutions for small business, today announces an initiative in keeping with the collaborative spirit of the Open Source movement. BASCOM's Open Source Equipment Exchange ( is designed to match those donating computer equipment with those in the Open Source community needing to add infrastructure to further their development efforts and spur innovation toward the continued evolution of the Linux operating system.

"While the embrace of Linux as a serious business platform has been a relatively recent phenomenon, BASCOM committed to developing on Linux from the company's inception over four years ago. As such, we've been integrally involved and invested in the Open Source movement and launched the Open Source Equipment Exchange to further spur development by making critical hardware resources available to those who need it most," said BASCOM Chief Technology Officer Bob DeRosa. "The OSEE, and similar community-minded initiatives, can only accelerate innovation and further increase the viability of Linux as a reliable, scaleable and robust platform for business environments of all types and size."

How It Works

The OSEE web site will link those donating equipment with those in the Open Source community in need of hardware resources. Since the Linux OS requires relatively modest "horsepower" to drive it - unlike WindowsNT or Windows2000 - older class computers that have outlived their use in corporate environments will be given renewed life in the hands of Open Source developers. The process works as follows:

Donor Process:

  • A donor posts a description of the equipment being donated on the OSEE web page.
  • Those seeking equipment can express their interest by entering information into a form.
  • Requests are received for a week following the initial post of the donate equipment.
  • At the end of a week, the donor selects who is to receive the equipment.

OS Developer Process:

  • A developer asks for a specific donation.
  • Donors can browse and respond to requests.
  • Developers can select one of multiple offers, and are provided with that contact information only.
  • Once a match is found, both parties exchange contact information and are free to make their own shipping arrangements.
  • The site will also have an area where those who have received donated equipment can publicly post thank you notes and/or updates on the use of the donation.
"The strength of Linux as a mission critical operating system derives in large part from the collaborative spirit of open source developers committed to its continued evolution. We applaud and support BASCOM's Open Source Equipment Exchange program to the extent that it provides developers with needed resources to continue pushing the envelope of innovation," said Benoy Tamang, vice president of Marketing, Caldera Systems. "The benefits will go beyond the Open Source community and reach into businesses and organizations everywhere seeking a stable, reliable and powerful platform that drives their operations and increases productivity."

About the Global Chalkboard

About the Global ChalkboardBASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.

The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.


BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.

BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.

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