Why do libraries spend thousands of dollars a year on Microsoft Windows licenses for pc’s that are only used for access to the internet?
I’m no expert by any means, so it’s possible that they think it’s worth it so they won’t need a separate server for those computers, but in reality they probably already have a dedicated server for them anyway… Or maybe they think patrons can’t adapt to a different operating system – more likely they don’t want to themselves! Most patrons wouldn’t even notice the difference, and those who did would quickly adapt.
These computers often do absolutely nothing except provide access to the internet. So why not use Linux? And while we’re at it throw some open source software on there like Gimp and Open Office? All free, all useful to patrons – how can this not be the right thing to do?
Just a thought on how we can save everyone a little money.
And now I shall prepare for some relaxing in the good-smelling open air of Wisconsin with a wacky web developer and Skippy the camping cat.