"Articles on the use of Linux for educational purposes have come
up frequently, some focus on the use of Linux in educational
institutions. Often times, these institutions are looking to save
as much money as possible, and using Linux can be a good option for
just that reason.
"But there are other advantages of using Linux in educational
environments, that we may not realize. It can save a considerable
amount of money if a school or institution cannot afford to upgrade
hardware every few years, to stay up to high standards that Windows
requires. Linux is known to run very well on older hardware, which
means the PC hardware can have a longer lifecycle. For instance,
obtaining the latest version of Fedora 14 Linux, and installing on
a Pentium II machine, will work just fine. It isn't the fastest,
but it works, and will allow the user to keep updated with the
latest and greatest versions of software like Firefox, Thunderbird,
or system related tools like rsync, ssh, etc."