[K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop

Jim Hays haysja at sages.us
Thu Jun 9 19:17:12 UTC 2005

You can change the image in the login screen to anything you want.  I 
can't remember the name of the file to change but I did it on our 
installation.  Our background image is a picture of our school.

John P. Conlon wrote:

> My kids rearrange and otherwise mangle their desktops constantly to 
> include using pictures they have found on the Internet or e-mailed to 
> themselves.  Seems like a kind of unofficial contest to see who can 
> come up with the fanciest dsktop.  My server seems to handl everything 
> okay.
> What I would like to see is the background of the login screen be more 
> inviting.  Maybe some penguins in the background or something.
> Bye
> Pat
> luis.montes at cox.net wrote:
>>windows 3.1 ? IceWm has xp as the default skin.
>>In regards to default wallpaper,
>>Anyone know if there is there any issues with bandwith? I've left the default for the school blank, somehow hoping that X was better able to refresh a plain background accross the network.
>>I could be way off. And if I am, I'm going to encourage that the kids customize there wallpaper next year. Maybe have an exercise where they create the wallpaper with tuxpaint.
>>>From: Rob Owens <hick518 at yahoo.com>
>>>Date: 2005/06/08 Wed AM 06:10:15 EDT
>>>To: k12osn at redhat.com
>>>Subject: [K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop
>>>I showed K12LTSP to a Windows guy the other day and he
>>>chuckled "looks like Windows 3.1".  I disagree with
>>>that, but I do agree that the default background for
>>>the desktop is not particularly nice looking.  It's
>>>mostly black, giving the impression that there's no
>>>desktop at all--just a couple of icons floating in
>>>space.  I imagine that's the FC3 default.  Would it be
>>>a big deal to come up with a K12LTSP background that
>>>better suits the expectations of our target audience?
>>>I know it seems kind of silly, because the background
>>>can easily be changed by the user or the
>>>administrator.  But K12LTSP is often brought into a
>>>Windows world where many of the users don't know all
>>>that much about computers.  Many users just want to
>>>"get in and drive", and many users judge the quality
>>>of their computer and operating system by how nice it
>>>Personally, I thought the background that came with
>>>the last version I tried out (I think it was K12LTSP
>>>4.2.0) did a good job of making you feel like you had
>>>a really nice monitor (and that's what people really
>>>want, I think).  I don't remember much about it except
>>>it was gray and it looked nice.  
>>>If a K12LTSP-specific default background is chosen, it
>>>should look nice on old hardware as well as new.  It
>>>should make users feel like their 15" CRT is just
>>>fine, and it should make admins feel glad that they
>>>did not throw away those old trident video cards they
>>>had laying around for the past 6 years.
>>>I'm not much of a graphics designer, but I could try
>>>out a few backgrounds on new and old equipment and
>>>offer my opinions.
>>>What does everybody think?
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Jim Hays, Technology Coordinator
Monticello CUSD#25
#2 Sage Drive
Monticello, IL  61856
(217) 762-8511 ext 1208
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