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Rumour surrounds the sudden resignation of Sam Wauchope as managing director of Acorn Computers, one of the main suppliers of computers to UK schools. Acorn is offering no explanation for his departure, and his replacement by the parent company, Olivetti Telemedia, with chartered accountant David Lee. Mr Lee was director of finance and administration with Olivetti UK.

Insiders link Mr Wauchope's resignation with his strong support for Acorn's proprietary RiscOS computer system in a UK education market increasingly moving towards Microsoft Windows PCs and Apple computers. They say Olivetti wants Acorn to produce all-in-one machines that give access to RiscOS, Windows and Apple software.

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