Mr. Watkins is inspiring if you aspire to be a technology director. He writes about his evolution from a guy with no experience and a liberal arts degree into a maverick who challenges the system and programs with Linux. I'm pretty sure that most of us in the Instructional Technology master's program aren't destined to start working in Linux, but it probably would be a good idea for us to learn more about open source. In our textbooks, the authors talk about customization and open source providing more opportunities for learning.
So, which is it? Do we need Linux using geeks to show us how it's done? Or do we need to step up to the plate and nudge our co-workers up with us? I don't know. Like many other choices, it's probably a little bit of both.