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Re: [K12OSN] Off-topic: SuSE Linux 9.2, LTSP, and MS Exchange Server

Les Mikesell wrote:

On Wed, 2005-01-05 at 20:19, "Terrell Prudé, Jr." wrote:

Professional also makes a *terrific* desktop for typical Windows users. The GUI administration tools that come with it are, I find, really good. But for our purposes, there's a problem. SuSE 9.2 Pro, though it comes with the slick new Evolution 2.0, does not come with the Evolution Connector that lets you talk to MS Exchange 2000/2003 groupware servers.

Is there something specific you like better than FC3/k12ltsp4.2 which includes a connector-enabled Evolution 2.0 out of the box?

This would also be a low-cost way to set up the staff on the LTSP architecture.

You should point out that the connector requires Exchange 2000 or later. It won't work if you are still running 5.x, although you may be able to get email if the pop/imap interface is enabled on the server.


I haven't yet played with the FC3 edition of K12LTSP, so I didn't know it too includes the Connector. Thanks for that tip. And you're quite correct that the Connector works only with Exchange Server 2000 or newer; only POP/IMAP email works with 5.5.

The other issue is comfort of migration to GNU/Linux. I've found that Windows-using adults seem to initially respond to "stock" KDE better than they do Bluecurve, because it looks more "Windows-y." Mac users, in my experience, respond initially to Bluecurve somewhat better. For those who might balk at Fedora's Bluecurve interface (there are, sadly, some), it could help convert them over as well. Additionally, for school districts like mine that want to do wireless everywhere, SuSE 9.2's wireless config tools totally kick. After working on their LTSP-ifyed thin clients, they might well ask, "this is easy, can I have this on my wireless laptop too?" The answer is yes. Of course, if the FC3 wireless config tools are just as easy (haven't yet tried it), then there is no particular advantage there.

Mind you, I'm speaking about the adults, not the kids. As we all know, kids tend to be much, much more adaptable and open-minded than the grown-ups.

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