[K12OSN] K12LTSP...My Opinion

Paul VanGundy vangundypw at sau14.k12.nh.us
Sun Dec 4 06:14:12 UTC 2005


That's kind of my point. In high schools, when you get rid of the
kiddish packages it is in essence LTSP instead of K12LTSP. So why
install K12LTSP in high schools in the first place instead of just your
version of Linux (SuSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat, etc.) and the LTSP packages?
I'm not so much comparing distros, I am really asking if anyone uses
K12LTSP in high schools and if so why instead of LTSP? Ease of
installation possibly? Maybe I'm not explaining what I am trying to ask
very well.


PS - And the difference is one is rpm based (Fedora) and the other is
deb based (Ubuntu). One has smaller repositories (Fedora/yum) than the
other (Ubuntu/apt-get) :) hehe

On Sat, 2005-12-03 at 22:05 -0800, Eric Harrison wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Dec 2005, Paul VanGundy wrote:
> > WARNING: The following is my opinion and is based off of my
> > experiences :)
> >
> > All,
> >
> > I am finding that K12LTSP is quite exceptional at the primary education
> > level. The games and applications available to students at that age are
> > broad and deep. However, I am finding that K12LTSP isn't very robust for
> > our high school level students. K12LTSP is quite "kiddish" to most of
> > our high school students as they see TuxPaint, TuxType and the Mr.
> > Potato Head type games. Granted, I can deselect the packages that I
> > don't wish to be installed but then what am I left with? LTSP.
> >
> > I am currently getting Ubuntu LTSP up and running and it is going very
> > well. I believe that Ubuntu LTSP will fit in quite well in our high
> > school (besides, I like debian based distros GO APT-GET! :)) as I will
> > then install and configure applications that will meet the needs of our
> > high school students.
> >
> > Why am I even emailing this you may ask? I am curious as to other users
> > experience with K12LTSP in their high schools...or even if any of you
> > use it in your high schools. I hear of it being used a lot in the
> > elementary and middle school levels. Granted, I have been to Exeter, NH
> > where they use it in one of their high schools but it resembles LTSP
> > more than K12LTSP. Those that have Linux in your high schools, do you do
> > stand alones, LTSP, or K12LTSP? Thanks.
> Please enlighten me ;-)
> If you remove the "kiddish" packages: TuxPaint, TuxType, etc, how do
> you perceive that K12LTSP is different from Ubuntu?
> >From my experience (I have Ubuntu on my laptop, obviously know K12LTSP
> quite well), there is very little difference to the end user. I have had
> people tell me the difference is that one is blue and one is brown ;-)
> -Eric

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