[K12OSN] Providing Services for Windows

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Tue May 10 10:06:37 UTC 2005

If it was me, I would allow this parent to purchase a
license for Windows Terminal Server and run that, but
I wouldn't maintain it.  If the parent wants to
maintain it, then fine.  Otherwise, let the viruses
slowly bring it down.

If you want something done right, do it yourself.  In
this case, if the parent wants it done the way he
thinks is right, then let him do it himself.  But
having Windows in your network doesn't mean you have
to get rid of Linux.  

In order to use Windows from your ltsp thin clients,
you need to edit your lts.conf file so it contains
this line:

SCREEN_02 = rdesktop yourservernamehere

Then when the thin client boots up, you'll be faced
with a Linux login window.  But hit ctrl-alt-f2 and
you'll be faced with a Windows Terminal Server login. 
Ctrl-alt-f1 gets you back to Linux.  You can use both
systems simultaneously.


--- Ken Grant <kmgrant at actaccess.net> wrote:
> Hi all:
> Earlier this year a friend and I set up a k12ltsp
> network at a local 
> private school.  We have one parent, who also writes
> grants and has a 
> consulting business, that wants us to move
> completely to Windows.  This 
> person is completely unreasonable and will not
> listen to any of our 
> points as to why Linux is a superior solution.
> That said, what I would like to know from you folks
> is what is the best 
> way to provide services for the inevitable Windows
> programs that will 
> have to be run.  We have several teachers who have
> programs, mostly K-4, 
> that are only Windows based.  For example, Reading
> Counts, Math Counts, 
> etc.  The science teacher also has one or two
> programs she would like to 
> continue using.
> Do you know of substitues that are available for the
> reading and math 
> programs? 
> How do you folks handle this situation at your
> schools?  Does anyone run 
> Win4Lin Terminal Services and is it any good?
> Thanks for you thoughts.  I am in no mood to throw
> out a year's worth of 
> work and fervently believe that k12ltsp is far
> superior to anything else 
> available for schools.
> Cheers,
> Ken
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