Whereas there are several visitors here of the opinion that GNU/Linux does not make it on the desktop, there is news from India that the courts will migrate to Ubuntu GNU/Linux from RedHat. That should be an easy migration as they are distributing physical CDs and virtual help by SMS text messaging.
So, not only is GNU/Linux on the desktop doing well, people who actually use it for their living have become confident enough to switch distros without much fuss. Compare that with the German Foreign Office which found GNU/Linux brought complaints from users and was too expensive. What’s wrong with this picture? Instead of whining that users should go to M$, users are choosing the distro of their choice. No complaining about “compatibility” or “complexity”. Just getting on with it.
Read the checklist for confirmation of installation. The courts will encourage users to install the software themselves.
“I hereby acknowledge that:
(i) Ubuntu Linux Operating System DVD, as customized by the eCommittee, Supreme Court of India, has been installed in my laptop.
(ii) A copy of Ubuntu Linux DVD has been received by me.
(iii)I have gone through the ‘Important Notes’ given below.
“More than 17,000 courts around India will now be switching over to Ubuntu from RHEL.”