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In NH many schools use Sophos and so NHSTE has worked a deal for reduced
pricing that is also available for VT schools.
http://www.nhste.org/Sophos.cfm

Cyndy


On 11/29/09 6:16 PM, "Bryan Thompson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dave,
> 
> I think you may be replying to someone else - at Winooski, we use Symantec
> Antivirus and keep the licenses nice and legal - for these home computers
> though, once they are in the hands of the teachers, they no longer belong to
> the school and are really the responsibility of the teachers to install
> antivirus. I'm giving the teachers a head start by choosing a free product for
> them. If it is true that AVG is only free for a year, I'm going to go with the
> Microsoft option. I want *something* in place because the first place they
> will turn on the computer is in the school and I care about the school owned
> computers.  :)
> 
> Bryan
> 
> Bryan Thompson
> Technology Coordinator
> Winooski School District
> Winooski, VT 05404
> 802-655-2555
> 
> 
> On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 6:07 PM, Dave Tisdell <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> Personally, I wouldn't put my job on the line to cut corners on licensing in
>> an organization. I would rather use something that is clearly free for
>> whatever I am using it for or pay the appropriate fee. Several years ago, a
>> school district in CA (I think it was LA) was audited because they had been
>> egregiously ignoring licensing rules for all kinds of software and faced
>> being fined over a million dollars. A settlement was eventually reached but
>> very costly.
>> 
>> Dave
>> 
>>>>> >>> Rick Hege <[log in to unmask]> 11/27/09 5:49 PM >>>
>> 
>> We use AVG at school, paid for version. I was taken aback by the
>> doubling of the price this year but the system works well. We have 3
>> years now until the current license expires so I will look for
>> alternatives in early '12. (Assuming I have not lost my job.) Picks
>> up things which are not really viruses. That is irritating. But,
>> picks up all kinds of problems before they happen because someone
>> opened an email they should not have or goes to a web site that is
>> not friendly or has a "bug" carefully implanted. It has been a very
>> good product.
>> I use AVG free at home. Have been satisfied and it seems to work
>> well. Getting to be more of a hog though. Turned off automatic
>> updates on my oldest laptop. I do manual when I don't need to use the
>> computer. Really sucking resources, big time.
>> However, Jesse's post is correct. But........ This is education and
>> dare I say, especially now, cutting corners might be defensible.
>> I would suggest that Peter might want to comment on the State's
>> attitude regarding "free" vs paid for software use in education. How
>> does VT stand on "breaking the rules" software wise? Someone has to
>> set the standard/lay down the rules. A "position paper" on software
>> use/licences would be valuable to the troops who might have to
>> confront administration with potential "true costs" in terms of tech
>> infrastructure. Meanwhile we all just do what we can to keep things working.
>> 
>> My feeling anyway,
>> Rick
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> At 04:00 PM 11/27/2009, you wrote:
>>> >Bryan,
>>> >
>>> >I have used Avira in the past and have been satisfied with it.
>>> >
>>> >However, I do not think that they are free unless it is for personal use.
>>> >
>>> >-Jesse
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >----- Original Message -----
>>> >From: "Bryan Thompson" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> >To: [log in to unmask]
>>> >Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 3:49:52 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
>>> >Subject: Free Antivirus ...
>>> >
>>> >All,
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >I'm going to be configuring thirty Acer Aspire One netbooks for
>>> >teachers to keep after taking an in-house technology class. Before
>>> >installing the free version of AVG, I'm wondering what other free
>>> >antivirus programs you are installing out there other than AVG.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >Thanks,
>>> >Bryan
>>> >
>>> >Bryan Thompson
>>> >Technology Coordinator
>>> >Winooski School District
>>> >Winooski, VT 05404
>>> >802-655-2555
>> 
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>> 802-365-7506
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>> 
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Have a great day,
Cyndy


Cyndy Currier
NHSTE Manager; Licensing Program

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