At least one school district feels that giving laptops to students is a terrible idea, and these are the reasons why.
By the time Jerry Crocamo, a computer network engineer, arrived in Hoboken’s school system in 2011, every seventh, eighth and ninth grader had a laptop. Each year a new crop of seventh graders were outfitted.
All laptops I see these days (on Newegg, for example) come with Windows preinstalled. Where can one buy laptops either with no operating system or with Linux preinstalled? I recall Lenovo offering this a few years back.
My school has laptops and I was asked to install a Linux distro on them. I put Lubuntu on them, but I noticed the OS doesn't even know the laptops can connect wirelessly to the internet. I noticed on the side of the laptop there is a switch which controlled the wireless internet connection, it can reset or turn off wi-fi.
It says here that these laptops are certified by Ubuntu. It says that these laptops are certified. Particularly I am looking at the laptops with hybrid graphics, but how sure am I that these laptops will run well under Ubuntu? Is the driver pre-installed?
I'm working in a school who have recently updated to Windows 7 and purchased a whole batch of new laptops. While everything else works swimmingly, there are 6 laptops that appear to have the same BIOS GUID as some other laptops that have already been configured.