Ubuntu Server Edition At Cornell CollegeCornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa is the latest institute of higher education to embrace Ubuntu Server Edition, WorksWithU has learned. It's not a huge deployment, but Cornell's targeted Ubuntu use reinforces a growing trend at colleges and universities worldwide, according to the WorksWithU 1000 -- a survey that aims to track one thousand Ubuntu deployments.

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:
What's next for Ubuntu at Cornell College? "We may migrate our MySQL install to Ubuntu, but that is currently undetermined," writes Steere in email.

Ubuntu On Campus

To 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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