Ubuntu Desktop vs. Win 7 Pro - hidden costs, unexpected issues, bad surprises?
I have about 200 PC's that need to move from XP Pro to something else.
Some users need Windows apps (mostly admin support staff) and these boxes will upgrade to Win 7 Pro. But most of the classroom PC's are used for nothing but web browsing (students are using Google Apps for school assignments) and would crack under the strain of Win 7. Ubuntu Desktop seems like the obvious choice for these boxes.
You don't have to convince me that Ubuntu is better than Windows from a technical standpoint, and I can figure out on my own how much less it will cost. But here's the question: who has transitioned from Win XP to Ubuntu Desktop recently, what unexpected issues did you face, and were there any unanticipated costs? Was there anything about the change that users (esp. teachers & staff) found particularly hard? I really want this to go well and would like to be prepared for all possibilities.
Luke Jaeger | Technology Coordinator
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School