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You wrote: "Can any one offer any advice/documentation on trying to convince a
committe at a private school that they should purchace Mac equiptment over PC?"
Well, Macs are STILL easier to troubleshoot when they go down, with better, less
cryptic prompts, thus saving time and energy - but try saying that to a PC
supporter. And Macs are STILL the choice of graphic designers - this is an
argument for which you should be able to find supporting stats. But my district
made a decision to go with PCs, even though we have a substantial base of Macs.
And, after having to deal with Apple over a small school purchase myself, I now
understand a Tech Director's inclination to go with PCs. PC companies NEGOTIATE
and compete in a bid market. Apple is just Apple.
I therefore agree with Sidnie Miller's response of "get anything you can."
Many software titles are cross-platformed, so you can do essentially the same
things. Unless you intend to teach a very high end, job placement-oriented
computer graphics course, the basics are the same on PCs and Macs.