[K12OSN] TuxPaint 0.9.16 vs. KidPix a teachers perspective

John Lucas mrjohnlucas at gmail.com
Wed Dec 13 11:56:52 UTC 2006

While it is OK to have the same account on multiple standalone machines, it 
will not be OK to have one login for 20 users on the same machine (i.e. with 

This is not a problem with TuxPaint (as the original post implied), but with 
the administrative decisions that were made in setting up the lab. Logins for 
very young students are tough, but ignoring the operational assumptions of 
the OS is going to cause myriad problems (not just with TuxPaint). If/when 
you make the change to LTSP consider kiosk-style accounts with one account 
per *terminal*, this would at least eliminate having to create/maintain 
accounts for every student.

On Tuesday 12 December 2006 18:15, john wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback. We have the lab in question set up using windows.
> In this age group (k-5) students login with a  user-name based on the
> teacher for that class. So all 28 kids log in as "smith" for example.
> Inside of the "smith" folder on a network share called k:\Smith is another
> directory with each students name on it. Students drop work in that
> directory. This isn't the ideal set up, but for various historical reasons
> that is the convention we use. AFAIK because you can't "save-as" you can't
> name  the image to differentiate it from other kids work. Short of
> providing logins for all the k-3 set who generally use this I don't see a
> way around it.
> What do you think?
> As a side note, my goal is to replace this lab with an LTSP set up, but I
> need to have analogs for those things which are favorites. KidPix and Type
> to learn are big ones. Has anyone ever tried to run these under cross-over
> office?
> John
> On 12/12/06, Samps <samps at unplugd.com> wrote:
> > Quoting john  <lists.john at gmail.com>:
> > >> - Kids can't save to their [own] file - every station would have
> >
> > everyone's
> >
> > > art - and can be deleted by anyone
> > > - There isn't an import option to bring in pictures saved from the
> >
> > internet
> >
> > > or a digital camera.
> >
> > Have a look at the 'savedir=' option in the doko, it'll do the trick:
> >
> > http://tuxpaint.org/docs/html/OPTIONS.html
> >
> >
> > Samps
> >
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