"The original conversation I mentioned earlier was started by an
IT staffer at an exclusive, well-funded private school. They were a
Windows shop and saw no incentive to change. Licensing costs were a
non-issue. Even we still largely use Windows and OS X, despite my
fondness for Linux. We've been granted the funding to do so in the
last couple of years and my primary goal has been instructional
integration of computing, rather than worrying about training for a
"We're hunkering down now budget-wise for a tough couple of
years. While we have solid technology in place, new acquisitions
will be very carefully scrutinized for cost and benefit; there are
very few pennies to spare. Saving $50 per computer on OS licensing
just might be the difference between funding a project and needing
to wait for 1-2 years.
"So again, is Linux only useful in a recession or in South
American countries trying to get as many computers into the hands
of rural schoolchildren as they can?"