Of course I also manage a network of PCs in my school and frankly, downtime is a killer and so I completely understand the technician's point of view. Fun it maybe for the students, but its a lot of extra work for them.
So why is it not a problem with the Raspberry Pi! Well firstly the OS is on an SD Card, so if the kids mess it up, the worst that can happen is you reformat the card and copy the OS over again. Let's have a look at what Operating Systems and distros you can play with:
- RISC OS
- Amiga OS
Admittedly not all of these are fully working yet, but even if you just use the ones that are stable there's a lot of potential to play with the system!
Windows 8 - Not for now
They keep on talking about Windows 8, but the instruction set isn't compatible, that's not to say that in a couple of years time the Pi won't get an upgrade and then there's a chance it will work. Microsoft have been incredibly generous to Education over the years and if they thought it is going to be worthwhile, then I think they'd do it! The only OS I'm pretty sure isn't going to be there is iOS and that's not because it wouldn't work, but Apple hold onto their toys with a viper like grip!