[K12OSN] Maybe Linux is ready for the desktop

Eric Feldhusen efeldhusen at chartermi.net
Wed Jun 30 23:25:54 UTC 2004

Carl Keil wrote:
> I have a couple of 12 year old kids staying at my house for a few 
> weeks. When I found one of them using it I asked him if he'd ever
> used Linux.  He said, "No, what's that?"  I pointed to the screen and
> explained to him what an operating system was.  He had been happily
> surfing the web.  The only instructions I gave him earlier were to
> point at the terminal and say log in as foo/bar.
> Just thought I'd share.  I was pretty dumbfounded, actually.  I
> thought he'd need me to tell him where stuff was, etc.

I've had one K12LTSP server in operation for the past year in a K-6 
setting using ThinkNic's as clients. I've had few questions after one 2 
hour inservice with the teachers.  I have another server ready for 
deployment this fall and I was having 2 eleventh grade honor students 
test it out for me.  My quip of "well, the kindergarter's have been 
using it for a year with no problem" was enough to stop their nagging. 
Once testing was done, I said all they had to do to go back to windows 
was shut down, remove the boot floppies, and restart.  Strangely enough, 
they continued to use the terminal server for another month until school 

 From my experience, any student can sit in front of KDE, GNOME, and 
IceWM without a problem.
Eric Feldhusen
Network Administrator for Adams, Chassell,
Dollar Bay, and Lake Linden Public Schools

email: eric at remc1.k12.mi.us

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