Debesh Choudhury in Engineers and Technicians, Scientists and Research, University Co-Founder | CEO • IoTektronix Private Limited Mar 22, 2017 · 2 min read · 2.3K

Why GNU/Linux is not Accepted by the Academic Community?

Why GNU/Linux is not Accepted by the Academic Community?
“Are the students capable of adopting GNU/Linux?” the dean doubts?

The faculty member is surprised by the stark question of the dean “Are the students capable of adopting GNU/Linux?” It is easy to understand that the dean is not having courage to adopt GNU/Linux. So the dean is in favor of spending huge fund for purchase of a large number of proprietary software for the STEM curricula. But the dean doesn't consider the advantages of adopting GNU/Linux, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

This is one of the stumbling blocks why GNU/Linux and FOSS are not getting into the main stream STEM labs in most universities. People have the habit of avoiding GNU/Linux without even trying once.

A very few academicians are willing to try GNU/Linux, Free and Open Source Software

In general, the majority of the faculty members in the academic community are not willing to try GNU/Linux and FOSS. That is true for all branches of STEM. A very few have the spirit to adopt GNU/Linux for their academic, research and administrative works. It is not that they are incapable but it is a fact that they lack courage to try Unix-like operating systems on their computers.

How difficult is to develop GNU/Linux based computer labs?

The cost of establishing computer labs with GNU/Linux and FOSS is very low. You need to pay only for the cost of the hardware, i.e., computers, switches and the peripherals. The operating system and the application software come absolutely free of cost. A tech savvy teacher can establish the lab with some help from the FOSS community on the Internet. They may also hire service of an open source software consultant with minimal cost.

Are the students afraid of adopting Unix-like operating systems ?

In most cases, the students are not at all afraid. On the contrary the teachers are hesitant to adopt GNU/Linux and FOSS. Personally, I carried out several experiments with the school children. When they are very young then they can try any new thing easily. Because they have no inhibition at that age. That is why it is best to introduce GNU/Linux in the early days of schools.

Workshops on GNU/Linux in schools and colleges can help spreading awareness

Spreading awareness of Unix-like operating systems and FOSS is not an easy task. But it is also not difficult to organize workshops on GNU/Linux and FOSS in schools and colleges. In the beginning some people may object. Some people will be reluctant. When they will find the usefulness of FOSS and discover that virus problem is practically nil in GNU/Linux, a good number of them will try GNU/Linux.

Let us try to know the real reasons why GNU/Linux and FOSS are not accepted by the academic community. I will be happy to get your views, counter views and suggestions. Please share the post among you

Acknowledgment: I sincerely acknowledge the GNU/Linux and the FOSS community for keeping alive the freedom of software.

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Debesh Choudhury is an academician and researcher. He is interested in the science and engineering of optics and electronics. He uses GNU/Linux, Free and Open Source Software for all his works related to computers, be it educational or entertainment, professional or personal.

Debesh Choudhury Mar 23, 2017 · #7

#6 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher for the share

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Lisa Gallagher Mar 23, 2017 · #6

I don't understand GNU/Linux but I know others who do so I'm sharing! Great to see you posting here @Debesh Choudhury

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Frank Geisler Mar 23, 2017 · #5

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Debesh Choudhury Mar 23, 2017 · #4

#1 @martin romandia for your time to support. I am very happy to know that you sue GNU/Linux for your business systems, and use open source software. Let us try to promote GNU/Linux to the school children

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Debesh Choudhury Mar 23, 2017 · #3

#2 @Frank Geisler, Thanks a lot for your time to join the discussion. It is indeed a pleasure to read your comment. I am happy to see your company page, and more happy to know that your company use and promote GNU/Linux and Open Source Software

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Frank Geisler Mar 22, 2017 · #2

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martin romandia Mar 22, 2017 · #1

I use linux systems business by 3 years.and all this time who i used linux and open source software ,i never have problems,and some times works better than windows.
Nowadays ,i have need to use windows 10 ,but i use open source software .Linux will be very powerfull for technical education.
Dont leave effort for propose Linux for Education.
My best wishes from mexico.


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