Free For All

CTOs interested in dabbling in the open source software movement will find much to like about The Open CD. The CD is a free, open source “starter kit” that runs on Windows-based computers. As part of last year’s Software Freedom Day, Aaron Tyo-Dickerson, coordinator of the Model Schools Program at the Tomkins-Seneca- Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Ithaca, N.Y., made 100 of the CDs and distributed them to local and regional educational leaders. New versions of the CDs are coming soon; for more information, visit

Matt Villano, former editor for CRN, is a California-based freelance writer.