Linux on the Desktop?

Running Linux on the desktop can save money for an organization. Given time and staff, ITS could certainly implement thin client Linux desktops for the public, and move from Microsoft into the open source realm. Open Office, Scribus, TheGIMP, all good "no-cost" substitutes if you are interested in the finished product, not the process.

But user expectations have a way of thwarting money-saving intentions, and in this area, with so much missile defense infrastructure, provision of Microsoft Windows and Office may be one of those expectations. Employers expect their employees to be able to use the software they provide, and if a service priority for the Library is to train our local workforce, using Linux desktops exclusively has the potential to create a growing service gap.

Entertaining article from ZDNet, "My Son Hates Linux":
http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1626