My computer needs constantly outstrip my ability to purchase new hardware. Which explains why I’ve been meaning to give Linux a shot at some of the older hardware I have. There’s plenty of discussion about putting Linux on old hardware: on Digg, on LockerGnome, and on Linux.com.
I’ve experienced ups and downs in using open source software at my small private school. The kids love The GIMP (a Photoshop replacement) but Open Office version 1.4 was booed by the student body. Ubuntu stands to be popular because I can use Firefox — which is already our standard web browser. If a kid really needs Word, he can wait for a Windows machine to come available. ;)