In both schools, GNU/Linux exceeded expectations but in one the PHBs (Pointy Headed Bosses) gave the go-ahead and in the other heads were in a dark place with M$ and the migration died. Read about it and weep at the lack of imagination of some school administrations.
“In 2012, Westcliff High School for Girls Academy (WHSG) in the southeast of England was faced with the need to update its IT infrastructure for students from Windows XP machines. Instead of updating hardware and software to accommodate the latest Microsoft offerings, they â€“ due to budget constraints and a desire to teach more rigorous ICT â€“ chose to switch the students’ desktop machines to Linux. There have been similar efforts in the past and, in this case study, the experiences of WHSG are contrasted with those of Hassenbrook Technology College, also in the southeast of England. There, in the late 2000s, Jason Bassett led a team that implemented Linux thin-client systems on obsolete machines, giving them a temporary new lease of life.”
I’ve seen both scenarios and GNU/Linux was never a problem. It’s the right way to do IT in schools. Both schools took a look at GNU/Linux for all the right reasons but in one the project took hold and flourished and in the other was killed out of ignorance. It’s so sad that ignorance operates major parts of educational systems. That’s just wrong.