[Novalug] Student Computer
John B. Holmblad
jholmblad at aol.com
Mon Apr 20 09:06:39 EDT 2009
you could become one of those annoying "activist" parents and write a
letter to the university President cc their CFO and the student
newspaper and explain, in these cash strapped times how the university
could save money by supporting desktop LInux. You will need some hard
numbers however but I would expect that such numbers are readily
available from Novell, Redhat, etc. I have to believe that their
marketing teams are already making these kinds of financial arguments in
pursuit of sales to the academic market.
In fact a well researched analysis of the costs and benefits of
supporting vs not supporting desktop Linux in the higher education
market could be a good Novalug meeting topic once the analysis was
Another alternative is to suggest that the university offer a daily
image based backup service for users of Microsoft Windows and charge a
monthly fee for that service so that if a student's PC gets hosed then
they lose at most one day of work and have a means to rapidly recover
their system by restoring from the backup. This would, of course,
represent a revenue opportunity for the university so I could see the
wily CFO thinking, "hmmm, if the students go with Microsoft Windows then
this service will sell like hotcakes, but if they use LInux, it will be
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Dan Arico wrote:
> When my daughter headed off to Notre Dame, I got her a laptop - a T60 running
> XP. Yesterday, it got trashed by a virus for the second time this semester.
> There's an obvious solution to this problem - run Linux. The snag is she's not
> able to do the administration on the computer and the school's OIT doesn't
> support Linux.
> My other option is to get her a Mac.
> Any suggestions?
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