[K12OSN] K12LTSP...My Opinion

Mike Ely mely at rogueriver.k12.or.us
Sun Dec 4 18:21:52 UTC 2005

Paul VanGundy wrote:
> All,
> Again, I am not complaining about K12LTSP, I am just trying to see what
> high schools use. I am not for or against K12LTSP, not talking about
> what's more mature, not saying Ubuntu is better, I know how to edit
> menus, etc. We have K12LTSP running in one of our schools right now
> authenticating against a Windows ADS and it's awesome. I am just simply
> asking what other high schools use: A Linux distro of their choice with
> LTSP or K12LTSP. I have heard people talk about using K12LTSP in their
> elementary school and middle school settings but never in a high school
> setting. That's all I am wondering.
> -Paul

Well, I did build a SuSE 9.2 server a while ago, and installed LTSP on 
it.  My reasons for doing so were various: I wanted to get a strong 
sense of how LTSP worked; I liked (and still do like) SuSE much better 
than RedHat; at the time there was nothing even remotely resembling the 
KDE Kiosk API for Gnome (other than diving headlong into gconf hell - no 
thanks!); I wanted a general-purpose distro to beat up a bit as I was 
learning AD auth for linux at the time; and more to the point, I was 
building a specialized lab for the high- and middle-school students to 
do two essential tasks on (TESA and wordprocessing), and not a 
general-purpose computer lab.

If you've got a very specific list of applications you want to allow 
students access to, are comfortable mucking about within your 
distribution of choice, and perhaps most importantly, have _time_ to 
work on the project, then my guess is that you'll be happier doing a 
"pure" LTSP implementation based upon the specific needs of your campus. 
  For my part, I've got a lab that needed to be done two weeks ago, am 
about to begin my second week of work at this district, and require 
something running sooner than later, so I'll be leaning more heavily on 
the work of the K12OS developers in the near term and worry about 
customizing things later.


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