[K12OSN] Edubuntu on Slashdot

Eric Harrison eharrison at mail.mesd.k12.or.us
Sun Dec 4 17:43:19 UTC 2005

On Sun, 4 Dec 2005, Edward Holcroft wrote:
> On 04 Dec 2005, at 7:51 AM, Eric Harrison wrote:
>> On Sat, 3 Dec 2005, Chris Thomas wrote:
>>> Here is the link
>>> http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/05/12/03/1759224.shtml?tid=146&tid=106
>>> I wonder if it includes LTSP like the regular Ubuntu.
>> Edubuntu uses all of the packages from Ubuntu (including the LTSP bits),
>> but with a few additional packages and a few changes to make it as
>> K12LTSP-ish as possible[1].
> You're too kind Eric. Right now the current release of Edubuntu offers nowhere 
> near the ease of setup and additional functionality that you have built into 
> K12LTSP. I found the release altogether disappointing, considering the hype 
> around it. There is no earthly way I could expect rural newbie educators to 
> actually get Edubuntu working as a thin client server in its current form. On 
> the other hand, they can and do get K12LTSP up and running with ease.

True, but give them credit for what they have accomplished.

Being a developer, I see things a little differently. I am very impressed
with how much they have accomplished in such a short period of time. Much
of the work is under-the-covers infrastructure, you can't see it today
but it will matter tomorrow.

If they continue to develop at such a rapid rate, they may very well
catch up with the polish of K12LTSP in their next release.

Even if Edubuntu never meets or exceeds the easy-of-use of K12LTSP,
I'll still give them a huge amount of credit for helping us redesign
LTSP. In the medium-to-long run that alone should save me a lot of
work in maintaining K12LTSP.

This is one of great things about free software. K12LTSP and Edubuntu
are "direct competitors", but if we work together we are both better


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