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Re: [K12OSN] I need opinions....backup idea for when Terminal server



i have a term-150 if you'd like to exeriment with it..it belongs to
disklessworkstations and is here to show off...chuck

> This year I'm doing my first totally dedicated thin-client lab....until
> this year we've had the ability to dual boot....WinXP or LTSP....(which we
> used most of the time).  I'm try to decide on a thin-client model such as
> the LTSP Term 150 (I have no more than $279 per unit budgeted....and I
> need 28 or so...I already have monitors and keyboards/mice)  Anyway...two
> dilemmas....I worry about what happens if the Terminal Server fails while
> I'm far away (like at Linux World).  Until now they could boot into
> Windows and still have the class go on (remember I'm a computer teacher as
> well as the tech director and have a full slate of classes...grades K-8
> over the course of a week....I see about 450-600 kids)  When I go to
> dedicated thin-clients...K12LTSP server goes down...they're dead in the
> water.  So....
> 
> Couple ideas I'm tossing around....
> 
> 1.  Go with something like an NTAVO NTA 6010B
> http://www.ntavo.com/ntaterminal.php Which has a flash based OS on it and
> has the RDP, ICA, X, Firfox...etc already on it so at least they could get
> to my Win Terminal Server or at least the Internet....
> 
> 2.  Buy something like the LTSP Term 150 and possibly also buy (which I've
> budgeted for) USB keys for each machine that can be made bootable with
> something like Puppy Linux (Flash Puppy) or Damn Small Linux...but I don't
> know for sure if the Term 150 will boot via USB....but anyway...they could
> be handed out...they can boot via USB and at least get to the 'Net.
> 
> 3.  Buy a mini-ITX barebones like this one
> http://www.caseoutlet.com/shopexd.asp?id=203  (I have one so I know they
> work...though mine has no CD drive) and add a CD drive along with 256 mb
> RAM and make my own LIVE CD from Knoppix or better yet....PCLinuxOS (very
> easy to make your own Live CD with all your own configs in place)....that
> way if the server goes down...just pop in the disc and they can boot into
> a Live CD
> 
> Remember, this is my lab I'm mostly worried about....I'm open to all sorts
> of suggestions....my biggest things that are truly important....small size
> and very quiet.  I'm even willing to entertain a unit with a HD and a
> locally loaded version of Linux (for emergencies) if it's VERY quiet
> (fanless or very quiet)...and small.  So....fire away!  I could use some
> ideas, thoughts, and opinions.
> 
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask vcsvikings org
> (207)923-3100
> 
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