Cornell College began using Ubuntu in May 2007, when Web Developer/Programmer Brian Steere was hired as a full-time employee. "We realized that many of our Web applications were created and designed for Linux and ill-suited for running on a Windows/IIS [Internet Information Server] stack," wrote Steere in an email to WorksWithU.
Fast forward to December 2008, and Ubuntu currently hosts Cornell College's:
- Wordpress-Mu install (http://blogs.cornellcollege.edu)
- News center (wordpress @ http://news.cornellcollege.edu)
- Master calendar (http://webapps.cornellcollege.edu/events)
- and Moodle installation (http://moodle.cornellcollege.edu)
Ubuntu On CampusTo date, more than 10 percent of the organizations completing our WorksWithU 1000 survey are K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
No doubt, Ubuntu will spill over from college IT departments out to student populations as more and more Netbooks (preloaded with Ubuntu) arrive on college campuses.
Still, I suspect Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenSUSE and Novell SUSE Linux each have larger followings than Ubuntu in college IT departments. But that's just a hunch based on writing about Red Hat and Novell for more than a decade.
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