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Dell Unveils Rugged Laptop For Education
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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3/8/2014 | 2:17:12 PM
Re: What about funding?
"...at least we can say we were the spark that started it all."


Indeed! Sounds like a very cool and rewarding project. Thanks for following up.
Gary_EL
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3/7/2014 | 7:30:33 PM
Re: What about funding?
It was so successful that it attracted outside attention, and they got a grant - to buy a roomful of Apple computers! Then, we sort of got the boot. I can't say I blame them, why wouldn't they want their students to work with more mainstream computers? Needless to say, the Ubuntu true believers were unhappy, but they had to do what's best for their students - at least we can say we were the spark that started it all.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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3/7/2014 | 3:33:57 PM
Re: What about funding?
Thanks for sharing, Gary, sounds really cool. Is the project ongoing? It sounds like it was successful, and cost-effective. Have the benefits spurred growth in the program?

Any of our readers who are involved in education who would consider Ubuntu machines instead of Windows in a context like this?
ChrisMurphy
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3/7/2014 | 7:05:14 AM
Re: What about funding?
That's a fascinating volunteer project Gary, thanks for sharing your creativity
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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3/7/2014 | 7:05:13 AM
Re: What about funding?
That's a fascinating volunteer project Gary, thanks for sharing your creativity
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3/7/2014 | 6:55:18 AM
Re: Rugged?
I find it interesting, and the price pretty good. If I'm buying just for my kid I don' t know that the rugged factor is essential, but if I'm buying "by the cart" for a school, I think rugged is key
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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3/7/2014 | 12:11:06 AM
What about funding?
I don't know how many school districts can afford $539a
student - and that's just for starters.
 
I was involved with a project in one of the after school
centers in Boston where we'd get hold of cast off computers
and get them working again. We installed Ubuntu on the
machines, which even the obsolete cast off's could handle.
The beauty of it was that the machines were plenty good for
wordprocessing and learing how to use the internet, but WAY
too weak for gaming. Plus, that operating system is made for
tinkers; there is tons of free software installable at a
push of a button. Everyone became internet savvy, and a
couple of kids REALLY Took Off.

The cost? They bought us pizza!
WKash
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WKash,
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3/6/2014 | 5:29:56 PM
Re: Rugged?
It probably wasn't too hard for Dell, which had knew what it takes to pass military drop specs, to take some of hardened tech and reapply it.  Funny when you think how there's a whole aftermarket to protect smartphones and virtually nothing like it for laptops.  That said, a little more rugged unit might be worth the price compared to what retailers charge for add on insurance.

 
RobPreston
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3/6/2014 | 5:29:19 PM
Re: Rugged?
...requiring the user to type with pinky extended upward.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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3/6/2014 | 5:00:33 PM
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I suppose Microsoft can take some satisfaction in the fact that Windows still accounts for most of Dell's line-up-- both the Venue Pro tablets run Windows 8.1, and the Latitude 13 can be either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But they also have an Android-based Venue tablet and the Chromebook, and in discussing the education slate, company reps made sure to emphasize the full spectrum of offerings.

Microsoft's recent ads have attacked Chromebooks more than iPads, though, so I think it's safe to say Microsoft's not thrilled. The upcoming Windows update is supposed to enable OEMs to produce low-cost devices, which can be seen as a reaction to Chrome's invasion of Microsoft's turf.
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