by Brian Lomasney
Many people may not have experience, or may not have even heard of Linux, but in my opinion it’s a great OS with great features. One of the best features in Linux is how customizable it can be. There are themes for Ubuntu that can make it look like OS X or Windows, and there are dozens of different Linux operating systems like Arch, Mint, Deepin, and Debian to name a few. If a teacher or student is more comfortable using Windows there is a theme for Mint that makes it look like Windows 7. And since Linux and OS X are both based on Unix most Linux operating systems look close to OS X already.
Another great feature of Linux is that updates aren’t mandatory. There is nothing worse than needing to do something for class and having to sit there for twenty minutes waiting for a Windows update to install. Linux rarely has mandatory updates and there are even LTS, long term support, editions of most operating systems. For instance Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be supported for another 7-10 years, this makes it much more reliable for long term use which is why it is used on the International Space Station and in many similar places.
Most Linux based operating systems are also much easier on the computers. They take up less RAM and are in general much lighter on the computer. What this means is that we can use older PCs for longer because Linux is so light that many old PCs can run it very easily. Being able to use old computers longer will save a lot of money in the long run
On top of all of this Linux is free. Windows costs money and Microsoft are getting worse and worse as time goes on, and to use OS X you need an Apple computer and Apple computers are always priced higher than they are actually worth. Overall Linux is the logical choice for many people and I think that the school could make good use of it.