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Re: [K12OSN] Trying to sell K12LTSP at our school

I would make one of the machines the LTSP server instead of the 166 HP.
Use the hp as one of the workstations.  It will be faster that way.

If those computers have integrated NICs that support network booting, you 
can just do a straight install of LTSP (7.3RedHat based) and it will do it 
all for you.  Then connect a workstation and set it to PXE (or network 
boot) and you're off to see the wizard!

It's that easy.

This is provided this is a standalone lab.  If it is going to be internet 
connected or connected to the rest of a network, there are some things 
that will need changed but for a demo, don;t connect to the rest of the 
network and it will be fine.

On Wed, 22 Jan 2003, Henry Hartley wrote:

> We just had 16 Dell Celeron 400 computers donated to our school (K to
> 4 currently but adding a grade each year for four more years so K to
> 8 eventually).  These have 4 GB hard drives and RAM ranging from 64
> to 192 MB (mostly 96).  They all have network cards (on the
> motherboard).  Another father and I have been asked to set up a lab.
> I've been looking at K12LTSP and hoping I could get it figured out
> before this sort of thing happened.  I'm not quite there but now
> seems my chance to strike.  I need to set up a demo for them. 
> Without actually having any money to spend (yet) for server hardware,
> I've installed the package on an old HP Server I happened to have (a
> Pentium 166 - it seemed fast when we got it).  I figure it should be
> okay for a demo with only one client.  Tonight I will go through the
> setup and try to connect a client.  If that goes well, I should be
> all set to show it off.
> My plan is to start with a visual taste of Linux.  Then I'll list the
> costs of putting Windows XP and Office on 16 workstations, including
> more RAM and a few hard drives (three machines had none).  We'd also
> need a central file server, although it won't necessarily need to be
> particularly fast in this configuration.  I'll remind them that this
> hardware is really only barely adequate to run Windows XP.  I'll
> finish with the cost if we take all that cash and put it into a
> powerful server (or two).  That many licenses of Windows and Office
> alone would pay for a pretty decent server, I'd think.
> Any other suggestions are welcome.
> In any case, I have a few sort of basic questions.  My understanding
> of thin clients is that our Dell computers should work fine.  Should
> I take the hard drives out since they won't be used or just use them
> instead of boot floppies?  Does the RAM in the client computer
> actually do anything (beyond making the computer CMOS happy)?  Put
> another way, are there RAM requirements for clients?  Do they need
> any RAM at all?  Are there any problems if the client machines have
> different graphics cards (assuming they are at least supported by
> XFree86)?

Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
DeQueen Public Schools
DeQueen, AR 71832
simpsond leopards k12 ar us
Tux for President!

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