Recently there were comments here that downtime from that other OS was just a figment of my imagination/bias/lies…“Out of 65 desktops, around 10 desktops crashed daily. Employees wasted around 30 minutes, that’s five times 30 minutes per week. That’s not acceptable â€” we had to do something” I stumbled upon an article on the matter of desktop stability (2005). It’s from a business, not a school as in my situation, but they had similar problems, crashes that wasted time.
To me, this is quite an important period because the only reason I migrated to GNU/Linux was to be free of crashes. Later I was glad I did because of performance, lack of malware, avoidance of the EULA from Hell, easy back-ups and installation, easy management, etc. Many other famous migrations happened around the same time and I would bet stability was an issue for them too. Certainly cost, flexibility, and independence from M$ were issues. Many businesses were spending ~$1000 per seat per annum just to keep things running, so it’s not just about licences or being “cheap”. FLOSS is the right way to do IT.
For another article back in the day, read Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!. That’s the kind of stuff I was reading when I made my change. The story keeps changing but the conclusion’s still the same.