[K12OSN] SuSE over K12LTSP? So Sez District IT...

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Wed May 12 17:02:36 UTC 2004

>From what I understand reading info-mails from Novell, they are moving
their business model to providing broken down services iFolder,
Groupwise, and all that jazz, modularly(hopefully the right adjective
there), in such a way that no matter what implementation you have for a
Server OS, you will be able to purchase and run their various "network
enhancing software"<--(I like that sound) =)
So whether you are utilizing FedoraCore, SUSE, Debian, Windows Server
2003, Netware, etc... you will be able to implement various Novell
services on them ALL.


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Subject: [K12OSN] SuSE over K12LTSP? So Sez District IT...


Just got my first feedback (indirectly) from the district IT people (I
have been concentrating in putting together a proposal for building
level admin first before going to district. I gather that this can
sometimes be a REALLY messed-up deal politicaly and wanted the
building-level people fully on-board first before I came up on the
district's radar). 

Anyway, what I gather from this second-hand feedback is that at least
somebody at district is not hostile to the idea, but he pushed going
with a SuSE-based implementation. The hypothesis is that since we are a
Novell-based district and that SuSE is afilliated with/owned by Novell,
there would be some advantages in going the SuSe route when/if this
became a bigger-than-building-level initiative and we wanted to
integrate the fuctions of the proposed labs with the district.

Now, this could be taken a couple of ways...one is that it would tend to
complicate initial deployment considerably: I gather that I would have
to get away from the turnkey simplicity of the integrated Fedora/K12LTSP
model and have to go in and set up SuSE, then LTSP, and then get all
those apps to push out to the clients properly one app at a time. How
horrible would this be, given my measureable but modest
experience/talent as a LINUX admin? I already have 9.0 at the house and
have played with it some, but am certainly no expert.

OTOH, there is the tantalizing prospect of district perhaps jumping on
board with both feet, at least at some point in the future. No reason in
making this any harder on them than I need to, without driving myself
nuts in the process. Or is there some intermediate solution, providing a
"best of both worlds" solution? Is my glass half-empty or half-full

Orangeburg, SC

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