Monday, March 5, 2007

QOTD: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

From Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at
Just like a few more snowflakes can turn a quiet snowy mountainside into an avalanche, Linux is teetering on the edge of becoming a real force in the desktop computing world.
Of course, we've been hearing this for years, but now I think the timing might be right. There are several factors coming together which make this a no-brainer. First, we are quickly coming to a point where everything most people need to do with a computer can be done in a browser. Secondly, when all you need is a browser, why would you spend all that money for capabilities you don't need?

Some smart people are starting to figure this out: Ohio and California School Districts Migrate to Linux. Nothing like a little budget reality to make you question the status quo.

So when are the universities going to stop wasting money on all those expensive computer labs? This is yet another place where our land-grant universities could provide needed leadership and work to keep the costs of higher education more affordable.

1 comment:

John Dorner said...

I agree!!! I've been a Linux fan for years and soon (hopefully) Dell may be selling Linux systems. This would make it much easier for people to make the change.

With distros like Ubuntu out there it's never been easier to do almost everything the 'average' user wants to do and an awful lot the power user wants to do.

Why pay the $$$ for either Mac or Windows if you don't need their specific software? My linux systems have always run much more reliable than most of my Windows systems and 100 times better than my Macs.