What is working, in comparison to running a Windows-only lab? Well, as I said before, having a repo mirrored locally is great and allows me to add software that I may not have thought to have otherwise. This puts, “adding new software,” mostly on par with Windows. But we will go into this later. Also, the software I am getting is intentionally and legally free, and fits all my needs. I even have access to professional-quality CAD software in the form of Ubuntu-community supported QCad builds, which a few of the technical drawing teachers have been appreciative of, and one of them has dedicated himself to teaching himself QCad because sadly I know nothing of CAD software.
The biggest advantage at the moment takes the form of anti-virus. When I was administering Windows machines, I was literally re-imaging every two months because of Kenya’s virulent USB disk-based viruses. Even with anti-virus, I could never stay ahead of the curve, especially without nightly definition updates. Machines would bog down, files would start to go missing and headaches would ensue. My only solution to this, which is currently implemented on the 8 Windows partitions I maintain, is to basically deny any access to, “dirty,” flash disks, which forces teachers to bring me their disks so that I may clean them… on my Linux machine. I have yet to re-image any of my Ubuntu installs (except the one currently down), and have no intention of doing so because they all seem to be performing just as they did when I first imaged them.