I was a librarian a while back.
tried making a comparison of PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)
to Linux, explaining GPL, free software foundation, etc, etc.
it was a waste of time and effort.
I even had to write instructions for Linux
to log onto the Library services. No one would touch it or even post it.
I am pretty sure state government works with commercial
entities because there is money in it. Linux, for an off the street user,
just doesn't understand that. Politicians go where the money is available.
Something "free" is just not in their vocabulary.
One area I note is that the lottery machines use Gentoo. So somewhere,
there are people, in state government, who recognize the advantages.
I just couldn't understand it. At that time, we were looking for magnifiers and
special themes for some of the visually impaired patrons. I pointed out
some of the features that came with Linux as a standard... But no... we spent
hundreds on software to <explitive deleted> around the microsoft desktop.
This had nothing to do with microsoft, but much more a mindset.
some ideas popped in my head, but I'll post them elsewhere.