New netbooks(?) for Year R/Year 1
Have just been informed that there are still somewhat amorphous (but needing to be actioned sharpish) plans to buy 60 new machines for the Year R/Year 1 kids at one of my schools. It's leaning towards netbooks mainly on the size/cost factor - they've worked out that when they're that small, lugging around a full size laptop (or even opening the lid!) is a chore.
Needless to say the budget remains shrouded in mystery, but has anyone got any recommendations? I see that the Samsung NC10 is highly rated, and should be in what I imagine the budget would be, but it would be nice to have a couple more to look at.
If any suppliers see this, feel free to chime in :D!
On a tangent (and maybe this should be a separate question, but I wasn't sure which category), has anyone used Ubuntu/Netbook Remix/Edubuntu or any other non-Windows OS in a similar situation?
I'd quite like to use something that isn't Windows, mainly because most of the problems we have had have been down to rubbish/legally dubious/HDD-filling software being loaded on by the kids/families and I figure that they might find it all too much of an effort to learn a new OS. (Though maybe the lack of an optical drive might alleviate some of that). However, the project is very much based on the idea that the families use the machines at home, and I am dubious about how easily they would be able to connect printers, wireless and the like. (Not to mention teachers not being able to cope with the unfamiliar).