Hey instructors, do you know what kinds of operating systems your students use?

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Sandra Porter

The University of Virginia does.

They survey students every year to find out what they're up to tech-wise. Apparently 99% of their first year students own computers.

And, a large majority of those computers are laptops (3058/3113 or 98%).

And, what's on those laptops? Let's have a drum roll:

60% have Windows VISTA
26% have Mac OS X
12% have Windows XP

and, 2% or less have something else - like Linux.

This is why I really, really, want good web-based applications.

Just for the record, I don't care what operating systems students use. My concern how to help them use those computers to do biology.

Hat tip to Wired Campus.