How's this for back-to-school fashion: More than 20,000 Indiana students are now Linuc-enabled under a state grant program to roll out low-cost, easy-to-manage workstations, which are running various flavors of the open-source operating system
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Levy also said he believes new Linux distributions, such as Linspire's recently announced Freespire free Linux OS, will help drive the program. The number of students using Linux desktops in Indiana “will skyrocket,” he added.
“I think within five years, we'll see a huge market shift,” Huffman said. “But the Linux community really has to come together. They do have to have a common API; they've got to have a common installer. If those things don't exist, it will not be a competitive market again. If they do exist, I think it will.”