One of the first Australian universities to adopt Apple computers for its courses has dropped them because the hardware is too expensive.
The University of Western Australia (UWA), which began teaching IT courses on Macs in the mid-1980s, claimed that the hardware is just too costly to justify.
According to the Australian IT newspaper, the university explained that Apple hardware was going to cost around two-and-a-half times the cost of a PC per seat.
Chris McDonald, UWA's senior lecturer in computer science and software engineering, told Australian IT: "We just decided - and it was a sad decision - that we should be totally PC throughout and have each one running Windows NT or XP and Linux."
Apple OSX is a good introductory platform for first year students, but it did not make sense for the university to recommend students to buy a Mac if they were not going to be used in the second or third year, he added.
The paper said that UWA is the second early adopter in Australia which has backtracked on its decision to use Macs after the University of Wollongong.
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