Sunday, August 31, 2008

OS Survey Results

After two weeks of counting responses to the poll about operating systems that I posted I was not surprised to see that the number of schools using Windows computers was more than double the number using Apple computers and ten times the number using a Linux operating system.

What did surprise me was that only 6 of the 42 respondents reported working in schools that use a mix of operating systems. My theory to explain these results is most network and technology administrators would prefer stay with one operating system rather than try to mesh computers working on different operating systems even if it means slightly higher costs. It may also be easier to hire technology staff that is familiar with one operating system rather than two or three systems.

What is the decision making process for selecting an operating system at your school?