updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue May 24, 2005
A lab of 20 PCs running Debian GNU/Linux will be at the University of Melbourne's Trinity College. The compelling reasons for the migration is Mac OS X's "slick user interface" and ease of use, according to Trinity College systems administrator Tim Bell. "Looking at the maturity of Debian as a desktop and it's not quite there, particularly compared with Mac OS X, which has come a long way," Bell said. "It has a good user experience and is reliable [so] Mac OS X wins." All the required applications are available for Mac OS X, according to Bell, including Microsoft's Office suite. "Under Linux we have been using OpenOffice which is great, but the interoperability is not quite there." An additional 33 eMacs are being purchased for the library and Xserve RAID storage systems will be used for backups.