What is 1:1 computing? Wikipedia.org: One-to-one computing means that every student and teacher is given a computer, the Internet and software anytime and anywhere. NETP 2010: 4.2 Ensure that every student and educator has at least one Internet access device and software and resources for research, communication, multimedia content creation, and collaboration for use in and out of school.
Virtual Desktops Many organizations are considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as a replacement for traditional PCs for office workers. The perception is that VDI reduces desktop TCO while delivering a high quality user experience. Our findings indicate that VDI tends to reduce costs in some areas, but increase costs in others. The net result is that VDI is more expensive than a well-managed PC environment for office workers. While VDI proponents evangelize the areas where VDI saves money, they often ignore the new costs introduced into the system. Microsoft Whitepaper
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Proprietary Support Apple Care Individual: Every Mac comes with complimentary telephone technical support for 90 days from your Mac purchase and a one-year limited warranty. With the AppleCare Protection Plan, you can extend your service coverage to three years from the computer's purchase date. You can call Apple's award-winning technical support experts as often as you like and get your questions answered. And if you need repair service, we offer convenient service options around the world. $249
Proprietary Support <ul><li>iPad, iPhone, iPod
What is Ubuntu? Chem Tool http://ruby.chemie.uni-freiburg.de/~martin/chemtool
What is Ubuntu? Blender http://www.blender.org/
Student/Teacher Freedom! Software Center The Ubuntu Software Center gives you instant access to thousands of open-source and carefully selected free applications. And now you can buy apps too. Browse software in categories including: education, games, sound and video, graphics, programming and office. All the applications are easy to find, easy to install and easy to buy.
FOSS Support "I need something I can rely on. If an open source based system breaks, who's going to fix it?" -- Director of Technology A few perspectives on OpenOffice.org
Support TCO Canonical Support: Ubuntu Home Support provides installation, application and desktop configuration support for Ubuntu Desktop Edition. This support service helps new and advanced Ubuntu users to explore and use Ubuntu with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the Canonical team is available to help. $140/year