Long considered the computer operating system of the pocket-protector set, Linux at one point seemed poised to enter into America's schools and establish itself as a possible competitor to Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS.

Don't hold your breath.

Companies that produce hardware and software for Linux have touted the benefits and efficiencies of Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds' open-source operating system, but schools have yet to embrace the platform, citing a lack of educational applications and limited technical expertise.

Linux is a free computer

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