“Open source in the education world is no longer a rare thing. And I have seen plenty of public Ubuntu workstations in the past during my travels. But I thought this was interesting because it’s the first time I have ever found ones running Unity, which is arguably not the most intuitive interface out there.”
Ubuntu Linux in the Wild: How a French University Uses UnityThe Var Guy is out there. He travels the world dealing with all kinds of folks in IT. He’s right that GNU/Linux is often used in education. It works for teachers and students. It’s simpler and cheaper and more rugged that That Other OS. His surprise that the Unity interface was not a problem would have been true when it was new, but in the years since Unity emerged, Android/Linux and iOS have moved over the face of the deep and are everywhere. People are not afraid their PCs will break if they “do the wrong thing” as they were with That Other OS. They poke around, figure it out and soon they are pointing, clicking and gawking with the best of them. It’s a GUI after all, not quite “intuitive” but since birth humans have reached out and touched things. Unity on GNU/Linux is no different. A few experiments teaches all the user needs to know and they carry on just as they do when meeting any stranger until the stranger is no longer strange.
The world has moved on. There is no longer a monopoly in IT. We can use whatever hardware we want with a variety of software to do what we need done. It’s all good.