Had the first meeting this week to establish technology recommendations for the incoming 2004 freshmen. Most of the software recommendations look like they will remain the same. We are adding Mozilla this year, since it seems pretty stable (and cross-platform).
The one contentious issue was whether to recommend software firewalls (or, indeed, hardware firewalls) for the students. One suggestion was ZoneAlarm, but there were several others (e.g., Norton). Those not in favor of these utilities suggested that they would be too difficult to understand and use for the average student, and that those who were most vulnerable would be the most likely to disable or never install the firewall.
Do any of the loyal readers have experience or opinions on this, esp. in the context of other campuses? Comments or email would be most welcome.