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1 Laptops with Linux: Definitely cheaper and it might be better Alex Inman Director of Technology Whitfield School St. Louis, MO

2 Overview Motivation Design Rationale Results

3 Global community Project Motivation Whitfield Technology Plan Mission Statement  We believe that Whitfield School is a world-class institution which trains students to be leaders in a rapidly changing, global community. Thus it is our mission to provide members of our community with the appropriate tools and experiences to create leaders in such an environment. Rapid change Leadership Common tools

4 Why 1:1 Computing? Rapid Change  Commodification of information  Need for synthesis and knowledge creation Globalization  Need to access larger team and audience Leadership  Need for true technological literacy

5 Project Motivation Manage Costs TCO Factors Gartner Group

6 Project Justification Reduce Digital Divide  Goal #4: Seek opportunities to use technology to access diverse resources and communities as a means to participate in a wider community of learners  Create replicable model for other schools  Be a mentor or host (ASP) for other schools in transition

7 Project Design

8 Rationale Reliability  Tough ThinkPad (“ruggedized” for students) Stable Linux  Reduce malware risks and downtime Secure Citrix  Tighter, accessible anywhere and FAST! Higher reliability = Lower TCO

9 Rationale Manage the TCO  Tough ThinkPads = fewer spares  Linux OS reduces cost of machine (purchased w/o Windows OS)  Linux/Citrix combo requires less beefy machine extending life to 4 years (from 3)  Citrix reduces software costs (concurrent use model)  Lower unit cost = lower insurance

10 Rationale Widen Community of Learners  Tool provides greater access to people and resources  1:1 computer allows students to develop literacy while following personal interests  Reducing TCO will hopefully lead to increased diversity in 1:1 schools

11 Results Reliability  Per 100 laptops, we re-imaged 13 laptops/year versus 40/year at peer schools (hardware and software failure)  Per 100 laptops, we had 5 insurance claims/year versus 28/year at peer schools with different hardware  Citrix has remained available % of the time

12 Results Manage TCO  Acquisition cost down  Day to day maintenance down Fewer re-image sessions Almost no trouble shooting due to spyware  Software cost down We employ more open source Concurrent licenses for Windows apps through Citrix (except Microsoft)

13 Results TCO Breakdown (to date)

14 Results TCO Breakdown (with potential improvements)

15 Results TCO Breakdown (with estimate improvements)

16 Results Internal Satisfaction  95% of faculty believe program is consistent with mission  96% of faculty and 92% of students believe 1:1 computing brings their learning to a higher level  Students report spending 52% of their time in the Linux environment and 48% of their time using Windows programs through Citrix  93% of students report they are at least somewhat comfortable with the Linux terminal command line!

17 Results Widen Community of Learners  79% of faculty and 83% of students believe the program allows us to bring in more outside resources  74% of faculty and 85% of students believe the program allows us to interact more with people outside the immediate Whitfield community  Sharing with others such as State of Indiana, Okoboji School District, and Episcopal, VA  Sharing and learning from you!  Results and commentary at

18 Areas of Improvement

19 Check it out! SLED 10 Public Beta available now! Golden Master of SLED 10 scheduled for release July 17 Results of our study will be posted by end of July, 2006


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