re: 3 Reasons Linux Doesn't Star In U.S. Schools
One issue is awareness. Opensource software still seems like the great unknown to the average American. Even though many US corporations utilize and benefit from opensource software, the credit goes to the brand, a la IBM, Android, Apple (BSD and a technicality), but not opensource. The other issue is cultural and solely the fault of the opensource community. Probably a very over the top simplification, but we know that when the concept of Windows was first introduced to IBM, they felt that if you needed training wheels, you didn't need a computer. Interestingly this tends to be the prevailing attitude in opensource. Despite the fact that systems like Windows and OS X rule the consumer space, many in opensource would rather blame the user, for not wanting to deal with repos. A lot of us in opensource do not see freedom to choose not to hack as a choice or a right when in fact it is. The barrier to entry in the Linux world is the boot loader and look how many there are. If the open source world is really serious about greater adoption, there needs to be agreement on a single trouble-free-config-neutral install for the curious in every distro, then every distro agrees to mate that install to the exact same trouble free boot loader and all distros would call this install setup the same exact thing. This way, the curious, don't have to learn the peculiarities of a bootloader just to try a distro. Second by all distros referring to this trouble free setup as the same exact thing, the curious have a consistent idea of what they are getting regardless which distro they are actually trying. When new users don't have to figure out things that they don't have to worry about when installing Windows, then and only then will we begin to see greater adoption. Hence, Secure Boot, but we can solve that one too.