I recently attended a conference presentation where Bemidji State discussed the results of their transition to a dual-boot campus. There are definitely pros and cons to such a move, but this is the most enthusiastic endorsement of the idea that I’ve yet seen.
Duke has one OIT-managed dual-boot lab. CIT will soon be implementing dual-boot to some extent.
The idea is hardly bleeding edge anymore, but it seems that the technology has just recently evolved to the point where implementing dual-boot is almost “easy”.
No one solution can fit in every environment, but if it’s true that total costs can actually go down with dual-boot computers, I expect to see this really start to propagate in the very near future.
Being an environmentalist, I am intrigued by the idea that dual-booting might cut down toxic electronic waste and electricity usage.