Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn., will upgrade all public iMacs from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X for “higher security and ease of use,” according to an article in the Phoenix , the college’s online student newspaper.
“Despite the difficulty involved with manually upgrading every single public computer, the upgrade will now facilitate future upgrades,” the article says. “This process will be facilitated thanks to new software in Mac OS X that allows [Information Technology Services Manager Doug] Willen to upgrade everything on the hard drive of every public Macintosh on the network. In addition to allowing more management control, ITS is in the process of ensuring that students’ files saved on the local folders will be completely erased when users log off of their accounts on public computers, ensuring student privacy.”
Also, Willen told the Phoenix that security would be improved as Macs are much less vulnerable to all of the viruses that have been plaguing the campus network and the Internet.