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Re: [K12OSN] OpenOffice in our W2K Lab - installation confusion

For a quick background on where I'm coming from I am a network specialist at a high school. We use roaming profiles on Windows 2000 in both the labs and on the other Windows PCs in the school. Approximately 100 of our 400 computers runs Windows (2000 and a couple of 98 machines). The rest are composed of about 80 LTSP systems and a whole pile of Macs. All of our building and district servers run Linux.

We use OpenOffice on about 60 Windows 2000 workstations in our "Business Education" labs. While OpenOffice is not the primary business suite we try to make it available everywhere possible. We do however have many of our other computers outside of our business labs that do NOT have Microsoft Office and they seem to run just fine.

If a user has never run OpenOffice before it will startup the little mini-install and place their preferences in their home directory the first time they attempt to run an OpenOffice application. The only time you should need to run the command line install is when you do the initial full-installation.

As far as your question regarding whether or not it's used as a adjunct to Microsoft I have not been able to convince Business teachers in our school that they should teach the concepts of computing rather than a particular application but in other subject areas teachers have been willing to use an alternative and have been happy simply to have more features than Clarisworks offers.

Luke Bowerman

Dan Bentson-Royal wrote:


That really helped. I was close, but didn't quite have it. Are you using it by any chance in a school lab? Is anyone using it as an adjunct to teaching only MS Office apps?

At 07:05 PM 7/13/2003 -0700, you wrote:

The initial "setup /net" done by the sys admin creates another "setup"
file that is executed with no options by the users.

see the following:

HTH. -- Pat Healy -- Palm Desert High School

On Sun, 2003-07-13 at 16:12, k12osn-request redhat com wrote:
> 7. OpenOffice in our W2K Lab - installation confusion (Dan Bentson-Royal)
> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 14:30:42 -0700
> To: k12osn redhat com, LID hock k12 wa us
> From: Dan Bentson-Royal <dbentson lcsd k12 wa us>
> Subject: [K12OSN] OpenOffice in our W2K Lab - installation confusion
> Reply-To: k12osn redhat com
> I want to include OpenOffice in our business lab (Windows 2000 Pro) as part
> of a unit the teacher wants to do using OpenSource. I'm glad he is
> interested and I want to help but there is a difficulty I don't know how to
> solve.
> Apparently, for W2K, a portion of OpenOffice needs to be installed uniquely
> for each user. So far as I can tell, there is no way to install it for
> everyone like many other apps. According to what I've read, for each and
> every new user, they will have to:
> -open a command line and run setup.exe with a the "-net" switch added
> -once the installer begins, they'll need to change the workstation's
> default directory to the user's "My Documents" folder.
> This isn't an issue if the machine is used by just one user - but with
> multiple users, they each need to have an instance of some of the files
> (not the whole thing thanfully!).
> Is there a way to automate that? Or is there something else that could be
> done? If I can't solve this, I don't think it's going to be very feasible
> to do in our lab... and I'd really like to expose the kids to OSS for
> productivity tools! Someone MUST have come across this and solved it,
> right? Is there a trick out there I need to learn? Your help or advice is
> appreciated!
> Dan Bentson-Royal
> La Center Schools
> Patrick Healy <phealy dsta net>

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