A few years back, school divisions in North Battleford and Moose Jaw underwent a full-scale implementation of thin-client Sun Systems (Sun Rays). At the time, I was one of the researchers who worked with SIDRU (Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit) to perform an evaluative research study of the complex processes involved in this large undertaking. Ever since this project, I have been particularly interested in alternative systems such as thin-client or Linux-based systems.
While the different school-divisions had varying successes with the new Sun systems, I was amazed at the ingenuity of the tech people and teachers involved as they adopted the systems to the needs of their users (students, teachers, admin).
One of the things that seemed to be a problem with the SunRay systems, is that they were a bit expensive to maintain (relatively). So I wasn’t incredibly surprised to notice (in Canopener), that the North West Catholic School Division is replacing their SunRay systems with Linux thin-client systems. See the full story here.
I am going to be very interested to see the results of this implementation.
(Hey Rob, do you know anything about this?)