Title

"Focus on Technology" piece on the financial and business considerations that ar

Source

Mainebiz

Date

3-1-2004

Pages

26-29

Abstract

"Focus on Technology" piece on the financial and business considerations that are driving Maine companies to switch to open source computer technology based on the Linux operating system. Open source derives its name from the fact that the coding underlying its programs is open to all developers, unlike the source code for Microsoft products, which the company owns and licenses. While open source software is free, Vance Wheelock, cofounder of the Maine Linux Users Group, explains that open source is a viable economic model because consultants provide service around it. Allen Connors, general manager at the Bethel Inn, recently worked with a new Bethel company called Deximer to oversee the Inn's move away from Windows-based technology. With comments by Jeremy Stark, one of the founders of Deximer; Wayne Printy, chief financial officer at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta and St. Andrew's Hospital in Boothbay Harbor; and Scott Lewis, a co-owner of Maine IT Solutions in Gardiner.

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