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LinuxForce, Inc. Latest News -- 3 June 2003

For Immediate Release

Date: June 3, 2003
Contact: CJ Fearnley
Phone: 610-734-1900

LinuxForce And The Franklin Institute Science Museum Announce The Development Of New Interactive Educational Tools

The Franklin Institute Online Will Empower Educators With New Online Applications And Communities

Philadelphia, PA — 3 June 2003 — LinuxForce today announced that it has been selected by The Franklin Institute Science Museum to develop a new educational application for The Franklin Institute Science Museum Online.

"When launched, The Franklin Institute Online for educators will provide an exciting new Web application that enables teachers from the Philadelphia area and elsewhere to collaborate with one another in an interactive setting and share best teaching practices and lessons learned," stated Karen Elinich, Director of Educational Technology Programs with The Franklin Institute Science Museum. "We chose LinuxForce for this critical project since they have the expertise to conceive, develop, implement and manage the online information management tools that help The Franklin Institute Online better achieve its educational mission," continued Elinich.

"In order to meet The Franklin Institute's design requirements for this project, LinuxForce developed a new World Wide Web technology called the XDBML™ Web Application System," stated CJ Fearnley, President of LinuxForce. "This new technology is server-extended XHTML (eXtended HyperText Markup Language) with the unique feature of supporting the ability of Web designers with XHTML programming skills (but without advanced SQL, Perl, or application server programming skills needed) to develop interactive, database-driven Web applications," continued Fearnley.

The Franklin Institute Online for Educators will include various applications such as:

  • Professional Development: Facilitate professional development of teachers in improving their knowledge and expertise by empowering teachers to share lessons learned.
  • Best Practices: Foster the sharing of Best Practices in-classroom by harnessing knowledge transfer of best practices which will help educators improve their teaching curriculum.
  • Teachers' Communities: Help science teachers find educational resources to help meet the needs of their students in K-8.
  • Multimedia: Integrate multimedia learning tools such as photos, video and audio to seamlessly complement classroom and laboratory teaching.

About The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America's oldest and premier centers of science education and development. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by serving the public through its museum, outreach programs, and curatorial work. Recognizing outstanding achievements in science throughout the world is one important way that the Institute perseveres in its commitment to Franklin's legacy. Located in the "Heart" of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a nationally respected pioneer in the development of interactive science exhibits. The Franklin Institute is Pennsylvania's most visited museum with more than 750,000 visitors annually, including over 365,000 school children.

About LinuxForce Inc.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, LinuxForce offers the market a wide range of software solutions and outsourced systems administration services. LinuxForce provides its corporate, academic and non-profit clients with computing solutions built upon open source software and featuring Linux. LinuxForce builds Internet (Web-based) and Intranet software, custom Linux and X11 applications, and systems software. LinuxForce's Remote ResponderSM is a suite of products which provide outsourced Linux systems management services to "look after your systems so you can look after your business". LinuxForce is a leading advocate of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, the largest volunteer-based Linux distribution provider. In addition to Philadelphia, LinuxForce has offices in Irvine, California and Boulder, Colorado. LinuxForce's clients include The Franklin Institute Science Museum, AIG, Chester County InterLink, The Philadelphia Sportswriters Association, and The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia. LinuxForce was established in 1995 and incorporated in 1999. For more information refer to or call 610/734-1900.

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