[ok-mail] [K12OSN] network design

Sharon Betts sbetts at msad71.net
Sat Feb 5 13:55:48 UTC 2005

Hi John,
	I am very familiar with K12LTSP (running a pilot in one grade now). 
However, I do not need all the programs that come with the package -- also
prefer to boot the terminals locally.   My request here is for some bigger
thinking -- I wasn't very clear.   Should I put a server in each building
(5) -- at each level or for specific applications?   How many connections
can a server handle (remember I have 3000 users)?   What is the best way
to handle authentication and/or DHCP?   We do use Star Office (free to
education now) across the district as well as many other OS apps.

jhansknecht at hanstech.com on Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 9:00 AM +0000
>On Saturday 05 February 2005 08:29, Sharon Betts wrote:
>> We just began using terminal services (linux terminals attaching to
>> Windows server) in a new building.   I want to redesign the rest of the
>> network to terminals. Of course the MS solution is cost prohibitive.
>> What is my best mode of attack?  We presently boot the terminals
>> individually from flash memory.
>> I could go on, but would like to open this up to your brainstorming. 
>> would YOU do in my situation?
>Definitely take a look at K12LTSP (k12ltsp.org) and LTSP (ltsp.org).
>Linux terminals on a Linux server is much less expensive. We have
>our students and faculty to OpenOffice and this allows the base setup to
>linux terminal clients. I still use rdesktop connect to a Windows 2003 
>terminal server for those Windows applications that I haven't found a 
>suitable open source replacement for (or haven't yet sold our faculty on
>open source application.)
>The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
> system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the world.
>                - Mattrol at uscom.com (Drakmere)
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