“With Microsoftâ€™s stated end-of-life for Windows XP in April 2014, we are now preparing to transition the majority of our remaining XP computers to largely Linux and open source systems. We have developed strategies for helping teachers who instruct digital media, industrial education, business education, and so forth to use software which will run on our Linux diskless client systems and support the curriculum. This is not without its challenges, however, as the same support structure developed for our first implementation we will see another approximately 500 workstations move to open source computing models. The aggregate total of our existing 2250 Linux diskless clients will swell to over 2700 systems across 16 sites.”
That’s much bigger than any migration I ever did but the mechanics are the same. Schools can choose to:
- move away from M$’s bloatware and malware,
- to the beauty of FLOSS on GNU/Linux or
- just cut the budget.
It all works with FLOSS, the right way to do IT.