Online music school saves cash with Linux

WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

Hoefner's mandate was to create a site rich in multimedia, including video teaching and animated fretboards to demonstrate chord fingering. "We needed a fairly powerful platform, but we didn't have a lot of money to spend," she says. "I come from a corporate background and hadn't used open source before. But the developers here were very comfortable with it and felt it was extremely secure. Also, we had some outside contractors working on development and they were high on it."