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For Immediate Release:
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Gretchen Johnson


Office of Public Relations
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Open Source Certificate Series Offered at FDU

Available on Both NJ Campuses Beginning in March

Teaneck, NJ (January 20, 2004) — Every computer needs an operating system and most need office applications. If these can be provided at no cost, any organization can realize significant savings with open source software. The Linux operating system, the Apache web server and the Mozilla web browser are three examples of open source products.

Open source, the generic term for software developed with publicly available source code, offers companies and organizations a free or low-cost alternative to proprietary software.

To help managers, administrators, small business owners, web developers and programmers understand, assess and use these high-value-per-dollar applications, a new Open Source Certificate Series begins March 1, 2004, at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Available at both New Jersey campuses of the University, the Open Source Certificate Series is a flexible and efficient way to gain experience with this software.

There are four courses in the series: Evaluating Open Source Software, Open Source Office Lab, Open Source Web Skills, and LAMP Web Development. LAMP is the acronym for a powerful and commonly used suite of open source tools: Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database management, and Perl or PHP programming language.

The courses may be taken separately or as a series. For example, an individual primarily interested in developing web pages might take the eight-week Open Source Web Skills and four-week LAMP Web Development course. A manager interested in office uses of open source tools might choose the two shorter sessions: Evaluating Open Source Software and Open Source Office Lab.

Participants learn at individual computer stations in the University’s Web Labs. The teaching team includes University Webmaster William Kennedy and Campus Webmaster Joyce Beck, who use open source tools in their role as developers and designers for the University’s thousands of web pages.

Taught in the evenings and on Saturdays, the courses are priced according to the number of class hours. For example, the 7.5-hour courses in evaluating open source software and open source office lab each carry a tuition fee of $220. Cost per person for the 30-hour Website development course with LAMP is $820. The 60-hour Web Skills course is $1670 per person. There is a 10 percent discount for three or more participants from the same company or past Web Skills attendees. Courses can be taken for CEU credit.

For complete information on this Open Source Certificate Series and on planned additions to FDU’s Open Source-related offerings, visit

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