BASCOM's Eagerly Anticipated Open Source Equipment Exchange Goes Live

Linux pioneer gives back to "community," providing online resource to accelerate development and innovation.

Hauppauge, NY - June 6, 2000—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), pioneering developers of Linux-based thin server productivity solutions for small business, today announces the live "premier" of an initiative that received the widespread support of the Open Source Community when it was first announced this past February at the LinuxWorld show in New York City. Consistent with the collaborative spirit of the Open Source movement, BASCOM's Open Source Equipment Exchange ( will 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.

"We were encouraged by the enthusiastic broad reception of the concept when we introduced it several months ago. The Open Source Equipment Exchange is designed to spur development among the Open Source community by making critical hardware resources available to those who need it most," said BASCOM Chief Technology Officer Bob DeRosa. "The OSEE can only accelerate innovation and further increase the viability of Linux as a reliable, scalable and robust platform for business environments of all types and sizes. "

How It Works

The OSEE Web site links 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 Windows NT 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.

"As the operational partner in a small business, I look for solutions that are reliable and require as little administration as possible. Whether it's Microsoft-based or Linux-based makes no difference - I'm concerned with productivity and the bottom line," said Tim Sherman, partner with Cohen Greve & Company CPA, PC. "If BASCOM's initiative succeeds in giving just one developer the resources to build a product that is as stable, secure and easy to administer as their IQ2 Internet connectivity product, and it makes us more productive and competitive, it will be well worth it. While we're a small company, we plan on using the exchange to donate equipment."

About the Global Chalkboard

BASCOM'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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