RUMOR: Toronto District School Board goes from phasing out Macs to purchasing 3,200 MacBooks

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Back in January, we covered a report from The Torontoist that explained how the Toronto District School Board (over 550 schools in Canada) planned to phase out Macs for Windows PCs. Some people were not happy. Petitions were launched, YouTube videos were uploaded, and MacDailyNews Takes were published. Please see:

In their finite wisdom, Toronto District School Board wants to phase out Macs for Windows PCs – January 22, 2010

Just now, a source has tipped us that the Toronto District School Board have just purchased 3,200 Apple MacBooks for a significant portion of their teachers.

If our source’s information is correct, it looks like someone came to their senses!

Congrats to the lucky teachers! Now, how about some new Mac goodness for the students, too?

We’ll follow up with more information if and when it becomes available.


  1. *that’s* interesting

    My ex – who works for TDSB, had mentioned the earlier move towards windows. Neither of us could figure it out.

    I’ll be talking to her at some point soon, perhaps she’s heard something of it and I’ll pass it along.

  2. We are the only Mac school in our county (everyone else forced on windows pc a couple years back) and have no desire to switch. Our teachers are very happy. Over 400 macs for ten years now and never a virus or problem!

  3. Toronto the Good using computers that have an Operating System from a convicted monopolist?

    I knew those liberal bastards would come to their senses and do the right thing.

    All is well with The Center of the Universe once again.

    Liberal bastards.

  4. Ed,
    Similar at the Chem Dept of my old uni in Oz. They held out bravely in the late 1990s when all around them were falling to the blandishments, and then directives, of ITS’s so-called experts to ‘get modern’ and go Windas. Result: all other departments at the uni have had unending waves of virus attacks and catastrophic downtimes over the last decade, while Chemistry has had … NONE (zip, nada).

  5. MDN, “If our source’s information is correct, it looks like someone came to their senses!”

    Maybe if you did your journalistic homework and verified your information first and you might there would be no need to tell others to come to their senses

  6. Liberal Bastard,
    Tis a fairly recent and totally mindless American corruption of the English language to use Liberal as a pejorative. I’m very proud to be liberal.. because (in real English):

    [a. OF. liberal (F. libéral) = Sp., Pg. liberal, It. liberale, ad. L. līberālis pertaining to a free man, f. līber free.]

    2. a.A.2.a Free in bestowing; bountiful, generous, open-hearted. Const. of.

    b.A.2.b Of a gift, offer, etc.: Made without stint. Of a meal, an entertainment, etc., also of a fortune: Abundant, ample.

    c.A.3.c Of construction or interpretation: Inclining to laxity or indulgence; not rigorous. †Also of a translation: Free, not literal.

    4. a.A.4.a Free from narrow prejudice; open-minded, candid.

    b.A.4.b esp. Free from bigotry or unreasonable prejudice in favour of traditional opinions or established institutions; open to the reception of new ideas or proposals of reform.
       Hence often applied as a party designation to those members of a church or religious sect who hold opinions ‘broader’ or more ‘advanced’ than those in accordance with its commonly accepted standard of orthodoxy, e.g. in Liberal Catholic. Liberal Christian: in the U.S. chiefly applied to the Unitarians and Universalists; in England somewhat more vaguely to those who reject or consider unessential any considerable part of the traditional system of belief; so liberal Christianity, liberal theology. Also in application to Judaism.

    5.A.5 Of political opinions: Favourable to constitutional changes and legal or administrative reforms tending in the direction of freedom or democracy. Hence used as the designation of the party holding such opinions, in England or other states; opposed to Conservative. Liberal-Labour, of or pertaining to (persons associated with or sympathetic to) both the Liberal and the Labour parties. So Liberal Labourism. Cf. Lib-Lab a.
       In Liberal Conservative, the adj. has rather sense 4 than this sense; the combination, however, is often hyphened, which perhaps indicates that it is interpreted as = ‘partly Liberal, partly Conservative.’ Liberal Unionist: a member of the party formed by those Liberals who refused to support Mr. Gladstone’s measure of Irish Home Rule in 1886.

    b.B.1.b in British politics.
       Early in the 19th c. the n. occurs chiefly as applied by opponents to the advanced section of the Whig party: sometimes in Sp. or Fr. form, app. with the intention of suggesting that the principles of those politicians were un-English, or akin to those of the revolutionaries of the Continent. As, however, the adj. was already English in a laudatory sense, the advocates of reform were not reluctant to adopt the foreign term as descriptive of themselves; and when the significance of the old party distinctions was obliterated by the coalition of the moderate Whigs with the Tories and of the advanced Whigs with the Radicals, the new names ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ took the place of ‘Whig’ and ‘Tory’ as the usual appellations of the two great parties in the state.
    OED, liberally quoted by the

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