Felster wrote:Server wise I'm hoping we can repurpose one / part of our existing PC servers. We'll be decommissioning ~ 100 PCs if this goes forward so we'll be freeing up some capacity.
The Pi 3 makes a great device for connecting wires and controlling other devices. It is also small and can run from batteries in mobile applications. However, It does not make a good desktop computer because it has limited RAM, limited I/O speeds and a tendency to overheat.
Are the lab PCs less than 8 years old? Are their HDs larger than 64GB? Do they have more than 1GB RAM? If the answer is yes to these questions, then those PCs are better desktop computers than the Pi 3. Installing Linux or configuring them as fat LTSP clients would make them seem like new and allow you to save the Pi computers for the physical computing projects that only they do well.