[K12OSN] I need to make Flash work faster....wanna pitch

Steven Santos Steven at Stevensantos.com
Wed Jan 12 14:10:20 UTC 2005

Would it not make more sense to offload FF/Flash to a dedicated app server?

> I'm fishing for ideas.  Here's the deal....we have a pretty good K12LTSP
> deployment here at school....every classroom and the lab.  And....to have
> our cake and eat it too...you can access the Windows 2003 Terminal server
> via rdesktop as well.  I have budgeted for a whole new lab this coming
> school year.  All nice little thin-clients with LCD monitors.  I have a
> few LTSP 150's and love them.  Looking forward to having a whole new lab
> full.  I'm even going to be outfitting the library as well!  We use Flash
> a lot for classes....sites such as www.brainpop.com  The problem becomes
> once we get 10-20 kids online and using a lot of flash sites....they get
> quite slow and my CPU goes through the roof....98-99%.  (dual Xeon 2.x
> ghz....4 gigs RAM)  What I'm wondering is how we might be able to make
> flash faster and work better.  I'm wondering if there was some way that
> one could utilize the local RAM and CPU to run flash....I've heard of
> local apps, but never actually tried setting it up.  Along the same lines
> of the work being done with local devices at LTSP-by-the-SEA I'm wondering
> if there's some way to "suck" the flash module down to the local
> terminal....or even somehow make it a part of a special etherboot image
> for my more powerful terminals.  (I realize I'm grasping straws here)
> Once the flash was on the terminal I have no idea how we'd tell Mozilla or
> Firefox where it is....unless we could symlink somehow.  In any
> case....anyone got ANY ideas how to make this work?  It's a bit of an
> issue for me....or maybe some of you have found something that works
> better....if so share it with me *please*.
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us
> (207)923-3100

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