As we gear up here in Memphis for our annual Teen Tech Camp, I have a few questions about computer configuration. We have an available group of laptops here at the library that are off the server, and out of the system. It's a great setup when you want to add or delete programs, and perform updates. But, it has led to a situation where about half of our laptops are running Ubuntu (linux OS) and about half are running some variation of Windows. We would love to have all of these laptops running one OS, but the problem we are encountering is that Sounds in Scratch and Pico Boards do not work with Ubuntu. I saw some work arounds on the Scratch forums where you could use a much earlier version of Scratch, but that's not seeming to be an ideal solution either. We are currently trying to make one 'footprint' that can be installed on each laptop.
Does anyone have any experience? Suggestions? Ideas about solving this matter? What do you think the ideal PC laptop configuration would be for running Scratch, Audacity, Picasa, and Gimp?
Just thought I would throw the problem and questions out into the void.