I personally onn the old forum noted that I had persuaded the rector of my local secondary to accept some Ath Xp machines running various flavours of linux. These were as desktops and one server on a test basis. * I paid for em out of my own pocket* this was the only way they could *cough* afford to obtain them. According to what the rector told me, they are allowed control over the IT budget, so long as they use approved suppliers! *An excellent example of Orwells double think* Alas all was well until I asked them "so are you ready to move over to linux wherever possible?" The response was a deafening "NO" Apparently, as you note above, too much software is for windows only, crossover just doesn't cut the mustard and open source alternatives are spartan to say the least. Yes the server is allowed to stay because linux does that very well, but the handful of desktops had to be converted to windows or removed from the school as they were not allowed to pay for admin of non standard boxes. Having looked at some of their windows machines, they were so tweaked *if that's what you want to call it* that they were less computers in the conventional sense of something 'You' administer and more of a simple appliance, the use of which was dictated and closely controlled.
I did try and I suppose the server was a success, but it doesn't get the pupils close to linux
This is partially why I posted about what to do with old Ath XP machines, because I was given them all back! Except the dual mp, though I had my own personal one and a local charity was most grateful for the network I built them, all linux I might add