We have quite a few older machines (including many in the 8-9 year old category). Although it would be great to be able to never have anything older than 4-5 years, it's just not realistic for us at this time.

Since we use Ubuntu Linux, we find that the older machines are quite serviceable. Both Firefox and Chrome run nicely on them, so 90+ percent of what we currently do is covered by those browsers.

We're always willing to provide a little demo if anyone's interested.


I\/I ark

Mark Kline, M.Ed.
Technology Coordinator
Waterbury-Duxbury School District, Vermont

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM, Leslie, Ben <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
So you'd say a 8 or 9 year old computer is still "useful"?  what are you using those PCs for?  what are the hardware specs for your 8/9 year machines?  

Ben Leslie
Technology Manager, BVSU
P: 802-375-6409 ext. 217

On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

For my 1:1 next year I am getting Chromebooks on a 2 year lease.   1:1 devices get a lot of legitimate wear and tare and after running MSJ's for three years in would not expect any device to last 4 years, let alone a sub-$500 device.

As for other computers, I recently was looking at my numbers and came up with a $100 rule.   If a computer cost me $1000 then I would expect it to last me 10 years.  At $300 it should last 3.   You defiantly have to be flexible but it seemed to be the average I was already using.

Bjorn Behrendt

On Jan 2, 2014 12:41 PM, "Ben Leslie" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I'm trying to get a general idea of how often/(in)frequently equipment gets replaced in your school districts.
I'd be interested in knowing what you all consider the "useful" lifespan is for:

Lab/classroom computers
1:1 devices
Staff/Faculty computers
Networking Equipment