[K12OSN] Converting 600 old laptops into K12LTSP thin clients for 1:1 ratio at a middle school

Daniel Howard dhhoward at comcast.net
Sun May 21 13:28:43 UTC 2006

K12LTSP Folk,

I've know of a school that has over 600 older laptops (either Win98 or 
Win2k) for a 1:1 grant-funded study in 2000 that now only has 50 
functional units, assumedly due to viruses, upgrading OS w/o adding more 
memory, lack of support, etc.  We want to consider converting these into 
K12LTSP thin clients using our laptop cart idea, but I wanted to make 
sure we were considering all options.

We could probably load Linux OS directly onto each laptop and keep them 
as stand-alone units so the kids could take them home as the original 
model proposed, but the support issue (number of PCs to support) along 
with the need to plug them in to power daily in the classrooms and 
either plug network in or log on wirelessly makes that less desirable. 
I'd rather see the kids stay after school for a few hours to do homework 
on them when necessary and reduce the number of PCs to support by a 
factor of 50 by turning them all into thin clients that stay at the school.

Are there any other ideas out there for what to do to revive 600 drunken 


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