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Re: Fedora, Public School budgets, Volunteerism??

It looks like there are a lot of like minded folks here.
I am a systems administrator for a school district in California.
I am actually planning on using Fedora , as well as Lindows for a few projects here.

I'd really like to get a mailing list or possibly a newsgroup formed for people interested in this topic, to share ideas and information.

Any suggestions?

Sean Branam

Ken Jones wrote:

On Sat, 2004-06-19 at 10:20, Ken Jones wrote:

Our Public School district needs VPN, but feels it can not afford it.

What do they need the VPN to do? Are they going to connect network to
network with the VPN using public networks? Are they going to connect a
bunch of managed clients to a VPN concentrator? The purpose for VPN for our school district would be to allow staff to get at their shared resources and their Intranet from home. ie telecommute.

I do not see a need at this time for VPN to VPN. The connections between the various schools are, at this time, private and self contained.

I thought that this application would be the least disruptive to a M$ house because the VPN server would be located on the edge. I could manage it from my home. The school's IT people would hardly know it was there. Ken

David Vernon Wrote:>

I have the idea that I could volunteer my LINUX skills to the District (a strict MicroSoft house) by building and maintaining for them a software freebie VPN system.

A strict M$ shop...I will echo someone else's recommendation to look
into OpenVPN. Easy to set up and very forgiving of layer 1-3 problems on
the network it is going over.

It would seem that with the present budget crunches our public school districts, LINUX, plus volunteerism make a natural combo.

No doubt. However, "strict" M$ shops can display an irrational fear of
the new and different. They seem to become strict M$ shops because they
have a fear of anything but the "safe" and default choice.

Do any of you know others doing anything similar? If so, please put me in touch.

Ken Jones

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