[K12OSN] synergy between the K12LTSP and Skolelinux

Eric Harrison eharrison at mail.mesd.k12.or.us
Mon Feb 7 23:32:20 UTC 2005

I do not really have too much to say right now, but I will state that I
have been working on a number of the areas that I think K12LTSP needs to
improve. Sharing resources with other projects, documentation, support,
etc, etc. Hopefully more to come in the near future... ;-)


R. Scott Belford wrote:
> Watching the growing smbldap thread and pondering the questions posed in
> the Network Design thread have revealed some synergy in the OSS
> education community.
> All of us know that the K12LTSP is an amazing, out-of-the box, 20-minute
> install of a fully functional, standards-compliant, NCLB beating
> computer lab.  It is a perfect solution for workhorse computer labs.
> However, when it comes time to scaling, one has to look outside of the
> box for solutions.
> Some of you may know that Norway, led by the tireless lobbying and
> managerial efforts of Knut Irvin (among many others), is way ahead of
> America in the responsible adoption of thin-clients.  This project,
> Skolelinux, is designed out of the box to scale to multiple campuses or
> classrooms while preserving passwords, home directories, and profiles.
> Debian-stable based with a debian-testing version in the works, the
> magic of their install is that you can set up a main server, a terminal
> server, and/or a workstation.  The main server functions as a proxy,
> ldap, and home directory server.  Authenticating off of this server and
> serving thin clients are as many Terminal Servers as one chooses to
> install.  Furthermore, there is a workstation profile for stand-alone
> computers still requiring central authentication and profile control.
> The developers have integrated webmin into the project, and as one adds
> users to this interface, the ldap server is updated.  Where the K12LTSP
> lacks, Skole excels.  Where Skole lacks, the K12LTSP excels.  From
> tirelessly watching both this and the debian-edu thread, I just wish I
> was a developer.  So often both projects are working in parallel.
> Between the two projects are perfect solutions both to Sharon's question
>  and for those of you wanting the roaming profile thing but needing a
> friendly, easy, and 'windows-like' gui.
> Food for thought.
> --scott
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