They would not learn what is being used in the work force today. I've seen educators try to turn the tide against Windows for many reasons but what happens is the student starts the job without the skills that employers may expect.
Some academicians take this to extremes but let's get a low cost solution to talk over. Why not a 228 buck netbook? Read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19680_102-0.html?threadID=380791&tag=forums06;forum-threads
Reading your link I see REFURBISHED units with Linux.
I am looking for laptop for education purpose.Mean for my students at my school.Do you think dell 2100 will solve the problem.Read it here.