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RE: [K12OSN] Pros and Cons of diskless

I'll give you a pro:

You only need to load the software once and rollout patches once.  Install
one server and then pop in a disk or boot rom into your 20 workstations,
DONE.  Otherwise.... If the computers are all the same you could flash a
hard drive image over to each one (time) or install at each one (more time)

I'm not in any school district, but I used to be so this list is pretty
interesting to me :)  In other words, don't put much weight behind my

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Carrara [mailto:mcarrara gilman k12 wi us] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 10:19 AM
To: k12osn redhat com
Subject: [K12OSN] Pros and Cons of diskless

I have been subscribed to this list for just over a week and I find it very 
interesting and informative.

This summer I am setting up a new student lab with about thirty 
workstations.  Because of politics and the like, ten of the workstations 
will be running Windows 98, the remainder will be Linux thin clients.  This 
is my way of slipping Linux into the school with the goal of replacing 
Windows as much as possible.

Now my question.  In a series of articles posted on linuxworld.com 
(http://www.linuxworld.com/site-stories/2001/0823.xterminal.html) Colin 
Matoon described using workstations with a full Linux installations, minus 
KDE and apps, as thin clients.  The apps would be on a server that also 
acts as a gateway to the remainder of the network.

He claims better performance, less network traffic, lower costs, and easier 
management.  The K12 Linux project seems to be a diskless implementation of 
thin clients.  What are some of the pros and cons of totally diskless


Mark Carrara
Technology Coordinator
School District of Gilman
Gilman, WI

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