[K12OSN] Help me convince. :)

anthony baldwin anthonybaldwin at snet.net
Tue May 18 21:33:43 UTC 2004

Jason Neiffer wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been running K12LTSP for the past year in my classroom: one Dell
> server (self-purchased) running both version 3 and then 4 to run 8 classroom
> workstations.  It has been amazing: NO downtime, NO virus problems, and, as
> a surprise to me: the kids love it.
> I am moving districts in the fall and the district tech staff has already
> said that Linux is... too risky, too insecure, and too hard to manage.  

Preposterous...My own experience concurs with your own.  Using Linux 
both at home and in the classroom I have not experienced a single virus 
or attack or crash.  No down time (period).  Children take to my Linux 
boxes like they've been using it all along.  No risk, no problem.
Previously, with Windows 98 and 2000 products in my classroom we had 
ubiquitous crashes that frequently cost children hours of work. 
Frequent down time that disrupted the curriculum and many other 
headaches.  Anyone that would choose Windows over Linux in the 
classroom, IMHO, has their head stuck in their nether regions.

tony baldwin

> I can handle management chores myself (no problem!) but I was wondering if
> anyone would offered some brief words on security and the fact that you
> haven't had any virus problems, etc.
> I know it's simply fear and inexperience driving this but pointing that out
> won't help.  :)
> Thoughts?
> Jason
> Montana :)
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