[K12OSN] OT Computer Hardware/Software Inventory

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Wed Dec 19 18:46:12 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 17:09 -0600, Kemp, Levi wrote:
> Ok I appreciate everyone's opinion on this, and actually after I did
> more reading I'm thinking OCS is the way to go. I'm unsure when I'll get
> it up and running but I'll report back how it goes. If the client
> install pushed down through the network doesn't cause any issues I may
> just get an inventory going then show the Coordinator. He impresses
> better with results then talk.
> And completely off topic from my question - The other Tech Specialist
> and I are listening in on a MORE.Net webinar about Linux Desktops in
> Education, and he is actually going to try installing a distro to see
> what it is like ;-) By the way this guy is (was I guess) very
> MicroCentric, so this may really turn the school around. This was
> brought on because he had a demo thin client from HP with the embedded
> Linux, liked it, purchased a lot with Windows CE (don't ask me why) and
> was so annoyed with performance he spent a whole day flashing them all
> to the Linux. 

Another convert!! This may start a flame war but...

I know that Ubuntu is the current "darling" of the Linux distro's but I
don't recommend it. There are a lot of eye candy nice touches but
overall what I have seen of it is the QA of the releases is not on par
with the QA of Fedora releases (which is _way_ sloppier than official
RedHat). If the budget is tight use CentOS. Get one machine with RedHat
for the support.

Be sure to tell the person that the time spent reflashing the drive
could have been spent setting up a K12LTSP server and then no more drive
flashing - EVER! :)

> For those of you interested or living in MO, here is the link.
> http://econ.more.net/GA/main/00000000f6ac0b0116764dd881007f83
> Levi Kemp
> Technology Specialist
> Bolivar R-1 Schools
> 417-328-8943
> lnkemp at bolivar.k12.mo.us
> "The only secure computer is one that's unplugged, locked in a safe, and
> buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location... and I'm not even
> too sure about that one"  
>         --Dennis Hughes, FBI
> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
> Behalf Of Barry Cisna
> Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2007 5:44 PM
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT Computer Hardware/Software Inventory
> Levi,
> We have been using OCSInventory-NG for about two years now. One peice of
> software that saves LOTS of leg work! As others mentioned here works
> just
> as slick on Winders as it does on linux. You can also push out software
> to
> individual Pc's with it as well. Works tons better than doing installs
> via
> MS software installer blah blah stuff via AD.Shows all installed
> software
> right down to the bios version on each box. It's ALL accurate too!The
> latest client version works like a champ on Winders Vista too( If you
> are
> saddled with this misfortune as we are:-).
> Give it a spin, You'll be up and running with it in about an hour once
> you
> get it all downloaded to a linux server.
> Take Care,
> Barry Cisna
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James P. Kinney III          
CEO & Director of Engineering 
Local Net Solutions,LLC        

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