As noted before, we opted for another set of iBooks last year instead of going for MacBooks. This was less expensive (than the just-released MacBooks), and we side-stepped the Rev A. glitches of the MacBooks. It was also easier to do maintainable with another set of iBooks we were experienced with.
Next year, of course, we’re going with Macbooks for the Eight Graders (students and faculty), with some caveats. First, we want them to have Leopard from the start, which means we may not be able to order them until later in June. Second, we plan to NOT have MacBooks for loaners, but iBooks instead. Basically, we want the “loaner experience” to be less than perfect, so that there are disadvantages to having to take a loaner machine. Finally, we want the hard drives to be large enough to actually have a chance of using the “Time Machine” rollback recovery function. Personally, I hope to order one of the Leopard MacBooks for my family just before we leave for London.
Additionally, we plan to move all of the LS OS X machines (approximately 200) onto our Workgroup Manager server. That would mean around 500 machines total for it to manage, which we hope isn’t too many.