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Re: [K12OSN] server capable ?

Hi Jim,
No problem here...A few performance issues I see below...
Isn't the 509b an ISA card ? Sure they work but not the best...
I like 64MB of RAM for each user vs 50MB. Try using IceWm, man KDE and GNOME look really good, but they eat it up. :)
The 3Com device, a switch or hub ? Try a switch. 18ws, a server and internet access will eat a hub's bandwidth quickly.
Check your ethernet cables...
Are you working the heck out of that 10gig IDE ? 5400rpm or 7200rpm ?
No idea if rpm's make a huge impact but disk i/o always slows you down.
Try 8 users using GDM. Add stations from there until crash.
Let us know what happens,

Tom Ventresco

--On Tuesday, January 14, 2003 4:40 PM -0600 Jim Dos <jdos dunkerton k12 ia us> wrote:

I'm new to the list.. My name is Jim Dos, I'm a tech admin at Dunkerton
School. Yesterday we set in place a 3.0 LTSP on a dual 850 P3, 1 gb ram,
10 gb, ide hard disk, dual 100/10 net cards...

we sucessfully had 18 workstations booting from a floppy find the server
and operate property- we thought...

today, 18 students hit the lab and just KILLED the server..it was so slow
a 286 would have been faster..

the workstations are gateway, dell, ibm 120, 133, 166's with 32 mb ram,
mostly 3com 3c509b-c nics...

I had high hopes this would make a difference in the stability of the labs
and at no loss of performace....obviously, after today, no one wants linux
at all..

my question,,,is 18 terminals too much for this server..?? processor load
was 23-48 % when the students were pounding on it with mozilla...

oh, the server is on the same hub (3com) as the lab,

the newbie


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