LeapFrog Jumps into Open Source

Leapfrog Enterprises, maker of children's learning toys and electronics, is in the process of ramping up its Internet operations to serve a new series of Web-aware educational products. At the same time, the company's best-of-breed infrastructure planning strategies are leading the company in the direction of open-source software.

Until the beginning of this year, LeapFrog.com had been focused primarily on product information and e-commerce. During the next 18 months, LeapFrog is set to roll out a site redesign and a series of new Web-based properties. According to Eugene Ciurana, LeapFrog's director of systems infrastructure, the company's plans for those initiatives "rely very heavily on open source for a lot of the infrastructure."