[K12OSN] Get rid of my PCs

Eric Brown ericbrown at mi-spot.com
Sat Jan 29 01:44:32 UTC 2005


I am no Linux expert by far, but I am an open source zealot.  Whatever Mac
apps they want to run, you can probably find an open source equivalent out
there some where.

I started my own K12LTSP lab this year due to the crappy old computers they
gave me to teach web design (Pentium 233, 64 MB RAM, Win 95).  I purchased
my own server, and made the network cables myself (I do that for a summer

My problem is, when I get 22 of these old machines going with 20+ kids in
the room, it gets HOT.  What's more, we are maxing out our electrical
service in our building.

My question for the list is: are there any opinions out there for Thin
Clients?  Personally, I like the Sun Ray 170
(http://www.sun.com/sunray/sunray170/index.xml).  I was told Sun may be
having a twofer sale in March.  I've been told Sun Server software for these
thin clients can run off of Fedora Core 3 (I'm still working on that one).



-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
Of Todd O'Bryan
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 6:01 PM
To: k12osn at redhat.com
Subject: [K12OSN] Get rid of my PCs

My first year teaching, I had to use a K12LTSP lab because I had very 
old machines. The next year, the school bought me new machines. The 
principal was afraid of buying thin clients because they weren't on the 
approved list and no one would fix them.

Well, we just got a new head of IT, and he's started to pilot Linux 
projects and is especially interested in thin clients.

He just emailed me something that I don't know the answer to, so I'm 

Can you run Mac apps on a thin client? They know they can run Windows 
and Linux, but don't know about Macs, and I must admit that I don't 
know either.

Todd O'Bryan

P.S. Cross your fingers. I'm going to try to convince them to let me 
buy a server and thin clients as a pilot project and then give these 
virus-laden, permissions-confusing, time-sucking XP Pro machines to 
unsuspecting teachers who are still running Windows 95. :-)

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