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RE: [K12OSN] Small School, Small Budget



If someone can hit me up with reader rabbit I can try to make it 
work. I have had luck with most programs via some tweaking of the 
code weavers edition of wine.

> As far as compatibility with Reader Rabbit and the sort, you’re not
> gonna have a lot of luck. I’ve got a teacher who let me switch her
> workstation to redhat and she loves it more than windows –only I 
never
> hear the end of it for her milly fitzwilly and reader rabbit not
> working. If anyone has done this LET ME KNOW AND I WILL PAY YOU 
MONEY
> (I’m lying about the paying part). I say you are in the ideal
> situation
> for ltsp. As far as speed, you won’t be able to beat it. Ltsp will 
be
> faster than win95 hands down. For server hardware I might add that
> memory should also be a big focus. The rule of thumb has been to
> allocate at least 50 megs of ram per client. For 22 machines you 
will
> need more than that one gig and remember that you must also allocate
> plenty for the server itself. If you’re planning on working with big
> apps like open office a lot, you might need to look at even more 
ram. I
> would also opt for scsi drives instead of ide. The ide drives will 
big a
> big bottleneck especially when running open office and the sort. I 
know
> you’re like the rest of us and have a stretched budget :-) so maybe
> you
> can sacrifice size for speed if need be. As far as your test at 
home,
> that should be good to begin with but keep in mind 256 mb ram and 2
> terminals will really be stretched so expect better from a server. 
Hope
> some of this helps.
> 
>  
> 
> Caleb Wagnon, MCP
> Fordyce School District
> Office of Technology
> Fordyce, Arkansas 71742
> (870) 352-2968
> 
> The box said "Requires Windows 95 or better." So I installed LINUX.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-admin redhat com [mailto:k12osn-admin redhat com] On 
Behalf
> Of Jared Irby
> Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:10 PM
> To: k12osn redhat com
> Subject: [K12OSN] Small School, Small Budget
> 
>  
> 
> Well, I am the "technical rep" for a pretty small school (approx. 
200
> students) and we need to get the computer lab back up. We have a
> computer lab with 22 computers (Pentium 100, 16 mb ram, all 10/100
> NICs).  Right now all these computers are hooked into 2 hubs which 
are
> connected to a DSL modem and router.  We have about $1500 to 
spend.  We
> are either goning to spend it on licenses for Windows and Office as 
we
> currently ony have 2 or 3 (yuck....) or on a K12LSTP sever.  From 
what I
> see, this project looks pretty promising.  I'm just wondering about
> compatability with Windows "edutainment" (Reader Rabbit, Math 
Blaster,
> etc). Also how fast will this setup be? Faster than Windows  95? 
I've
> installed a copy of Red Hat 7.3 configured with OpenOffice and a 
Mozilla
> and really impressed the people with spending power, so all I really
> have to make sure of is the speed and compatability.  I've priced a
> couple servers and I figure we have enough budget to build a dual 
Athlon
> 2000 MP system with a gig of ram and 2 raid 40 gig ATA 100 hard 
drives.
> Would this make our lab fast at all? Any suggestions or ideas would 
be
> greatly appriceated...
> 
>  
> 
> Oh I am setting up a test experiment with my personal computer at 
home
> running 2 workstations off of my 1.2 ghz Athlon w/ 256 mb of RAM. 
Would
> this experiment be about what the speed would be with 20 terminals
> hooked up to a fast server?
> 
>  
> 
> Thanks for reading this long message.
> 
> Jared Irby
> 
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