[K12OSN] OT: Apple Imac lab

Ryan Collins mr.rcollins at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 14:21:22 UTC 2009

Peter Scheie wrote:
> Not to put too fine a point on it, but you should let the powers that be 
> know that the acquisition cost is a minor part of the TCO.  The major 
> part is in supporting the machines, keeping them running, etc.  With 
> LTSP, you mostly support one machine, the server, with a little overhead 
> for the clients.  If they get 20 Macs, make sure everyone, and I mean 
> everyone, knows the cost of supporting them will be 20 times the cost of 
> the LTSP lab.  Linux, done properly, is cheaper in the short run and 
> MUCH cheaper in the long run.

TCO for 24 machines will basically be the same as a lab of thin clients, 
especially if you purchase a copy of Apple Remote Desktop. From one 
machine you can update the lab, install software, change settings, etc.

Ryan Collins - Technology Coordinator - Kenton City Schools

Blog: http://ryancollins.org/wp/
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