June 3, 2003

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

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(TM) Web Application System," stated Chris 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 Responder(SM) 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 www.LinuxForce.net or call
610/734-1900.

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