Yes, the technology I often used in schools, recycled PCs, is now available to everyone.“for business use, the Symple PC is a no-brainer for most everyday office purposes. Why? How about the fact that you can buy five of these for about what you’d pay for one from the name brand folks — with about the same warranty and no software licensing fees. Also, it’s uniform physical form simplifies the logistics of setting up workstations, and it can handle just about any task you’re likely to throw at it.”
See Kicking the Tires on an $89 Symple PC. This is good, because it works and reduces the load on landfill/natural resources. The older equipment may be a bit wasteful on energy consumption but that can be beneficial in the basement or colder regions… and since most people are shy of tinkering with the innards of a PC, this is something that has a place in the market for PCs. Wintel certainly can’t compete with that price.
They even have bulk-pricing which would be great for schools limited by CFSL and other organizations with much lower limits. There is a graduated scale moving to $84.15 for 250+. 100 would be easy to fit into next year’s budget at only $8584. Heck, a couple of Bingo’s would do that where I’ve worked.