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RE: [K12OSN] How many Users



I'm lost and I'm sorry I'm being so dense in not understanding you, it's
my vacation =). The primary use for k12ltsp is indeed for desktops and I
believe that's what you want to know. You will find plenty of help on
this list because we're doing the same thing you want to do, only many
of us on a smaller scale. Even with the number of machines you're
talking about, LTSP will definitely be a good choice. If you've got the
hardware, then you've come to the right place for the software. I assume
you want help in the planning stages for this project. First of all we
need to decide what kind of hardware to run. One server will definitely
not cut it so we can look at running multiple independent servers or
clustering. I won't be of much help here. I firstly recommend you find
some little hardware lying around that you can experiment with. We can
help you get LTSP setup and get you the understanding you need. Once you
learn how everything jives then it will be much easier once we go large
scale. HTH and my apologies if this isn't the answer you wanted.

Caleb Wagnon, MCP
Fordyce School District
Office of Technology
Fordyce, AR 71742
(870) 352-2968

-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-admin redhat com [mailto:k12osn-admin redhat com] On Behalf
Of Mike Oligney
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 8:29 AM
To: k12osn redhat com
Subject: [K12OSN] How many Users

Are you looking at the server end, or desktop?? Or both. We are about
half your size but we have new Novell 6 servers and Win XP Metaframe in
place. We have them centralized with fiber connecting the buildings. I
am looking at implementing the  desktops using LTSP. If I can run a Lab
of 25 to 30 LTSP,s on one server running the Citrix client (Which I have
already proven) that saves a M$ license per workstation. In addition if
I can run Open Office and Gimp that saves a M$Office and PhotoShop
license per desktop. Now we are getting into serious money.I cant seem
to get answers when I address issues typical of maintaining a large
number of desktops so I am guessing most people are working on the
server end. I would be interested in communicating with anyone who is
working om implementing LTSP as a desktop. I suspect a lot of people are
monitoring this project waiting to jump in when the desktop becomes
solid enough to implement large scale. I know our district has 300 to
400 workstations per technician so if we cant replicate and depend on
the desktop software then it doesnt matter how much we could save in
licensing, we could not maintain them.
Anyhow, that is my take on how Linux and LTSP is being used.

MOLIGNEY earthlink net 
Mike Oligney
Lowell Area Schools




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