[K12OSN] Server specs....how low can you go?

William Fragakis william at fragakis.com
Mon Jul 10 18:39:55 UTC 2006

Short answer: PIII 1 ghz is fine for 4-5 business users. We serve that
many students with a PIII or Celeron 1.8 and students tend to use higher
overhead programs such as Flash, etc. We had 4 students working off our
original test bed- Athlon 800 mhz with 386mb ram! Didn't mean to put
that box into production but it did fine.

Long answer: 

This is based on our experiences - ymmv (your mileage may vary)


On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 12:00 -0400, k12osn-request at redhat.com wrote:
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> Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 09:22:47 -0600
> From: "Jason Neiffer" <neiffer at gmail.com>
> Subject: [K12OSN] Server specs....how low can you go?
> To: K12OSN at redhat.com
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> I am working with a small business who is looking for 2-3 workstations
> to
> surf the Internet on a broadband connection they have going into their
> shop.  They were going to go purchase a coulpe of low-end Dells but I
> suggested they look into LTSP.
> I am fairly sure I can come up with cheap thin clients but I want to
> get as
> inexpensive of a server as possible.  How low can I go on the specs?
> I was
> looking at http://k12ltsp.org/install.html and it suggested that I
> could get
> away with something as low as a PIII/1gig or faster.  Would that be a
> workable solution in this environment?  How about if I wanted to use
> 5 when it was released?
> Does anybody have experience with using it with just a few computers
> that
> could share?
> Thanks,
> Jason

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