Ok, so I’ll probably catch all sorts of crud about this, and I’m really not picking on Tom who is doing excellent work in figuring out how best for schools to employ some of this technology, but here are all the things I (or my tech people) don’t understand about his latest posts on SUSE Linux becoming the leader in K-12 Linux deployments:
Put all of that together in a narrative that highlights a series of installation crashes and burns and you’ll see why I’m not ready to take that route.
First or all, who names all this stuff? At least I get Windows as a concept. And second, I know that most of these things aren’t nearly as scary as they sound, and in Tom’s world, they’re second nature. And finally, I’m not saying that Linux and open source solutions aren’t potentially better solutions for schools. But if you take my fairly high-tech, well supported (technology-wise) school as an example, it just ain’t going to happen here any time soon. Call it dancing with the girl you brought to the prom (or whatever that silly metaphor is,) but Linux on it’s surface just seems too “out there” when you’ve got something that works pretty well already, the resources to change are slim, and no one has any time to learn something new.