[K12OSN] access to samba shares from winxp

norbert bear2bar at netscape.net
Wed Dec 8 01:14:30 UTC 2004

debbie at redeemer.qld.edu.au wrote:

> norbert wrote:
> > debbie at redeemer.qld.edu.au wrote:
> >
> >> WinXP Pro or Home? Apparently XP Home has issues with networking. 
> We have a few XP Home workstations that are going to be downgraded to 
> Windows98 over the holidays because I can't get them to play with 
> Samba. And I don't think we can afford the upgrade to XP Pro.
> >>
> >>>
> >>
> > Hi Debbie,
> >
> > Instead of "downgrading" them to Win .. anything ... why not upgrade 
> to K12LTSP thin client system and use them as thin-client to access a 
> W2K server via rdesktop or vnc ?
> > Win 9x may not be any better "playing" in a network, whereas linux 
> thin-client will happily preform.
> > If you need more info or layout details, just write back, we have a 
> great bunch of people who'll be delighted to help... :-)
> >
> > norbert
> >
> Hi Norbert,
> We don't have a W2K server - our very first, one and only, is a 
> K12ltsp sever! Unfortunately it is k12 4.0.1 because of the scsi raid 
> issue (see  '[K12OSN] Woe is me: Onboard SCSI/RAID Controller' message 
> back in October). But I have got it running and plan to have a one 
> year trial of 14 dual-booting PCs.
> In windows 98 mode (pressing 'Esc' while booting to escape the network 
> boot) students have firefox & openoffice and access to 'shared files 
> on Frederick' via samba (I've named our k12 server Fred) - just the 
> basics cos we don't want to encourage them do we?!
> And then in k12ltsp client mode with icewm they'll get all the yummy 
> goodies plus their own desktop & files.
> We have to run windows & k12 side by side because of legacy apps that 
> need windows to run; the kind of app that needs to run off the CDrom 
> and the kind that has no linux alternative. I'm hoping that kids will 
> like k12 and use it most of the time, switching only to windows when 
> they need to run a CDrom educational game.
> And finally - you are very right when you describe these people as 
> great and delighted to help. A whole bunch of people that I have never 
> met (except for 1) who have helped me enormously over the past few 
> months.
> Thanks everyone!!!
> Debbie

Hi Debbie,

No what I meant was to have a W2K server on your K12ltsp network, then 
the kids could access the "legacy" - (seems odd to talk about legacy & 
Win in the same sentence ....) app via rdesktop. No need to switch 
anything both Linux & Win would be available from the same terminals.
BTW there are programs & organizations where you can get a FREE W2K 
license along with the CALS specifically for non-profits.


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