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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

I agree with the "it's definitely not my primary machine part".

This is why I framed my post about the potential for a classroom of students learning programming. Education is an area where the Chromebook are established already, and the parameters are quite different here:

  • Budget constraints matter more, they are not professional developers yet with an employer willing to pay a 3.400€ MacBook Pro 16"
  • Homogeneity matter more. It's fine to have the perfect Linux laptop carefully chosen by you and well configured. It's something else entirely to have 20 students that all have different problems with their random Linux laptops with random configuration issues.
  • Performance matters less. Projects that you use for learning don't typically require lots of horsepower.
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Andrew (he/him)

Would Raspberry Pi fit your use case? Without peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor), each one is less than €100. And you can set up one of them, then copy the SD card to have exactly the same setup on each Pi, really easily.

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