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Re: [K12OSN] OT:Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district



Hmm...for Type to Learn, why not use GTypist (older kids) or TuxType (younger kids)?  For KidPix, why not use TuxPaint?  And for Reading Counts, why not just use a book?  Any reason why these wouldn't work in your situation?

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Kemp, Levi wrote:

Would using WINE be the same as “Ericom software – a Citrix alternative -- enabled the terminals to run the district's existing and irreplaceable Microsoft Windows educational applications, including Type to Learn, Reading Counts and Kid Pix.” as stated in the article? We have those programs and I was planning on running them using WINE, but I was trying to figure out what they used.

 

Levi Kemp

Technology Specialist

Bolivar R-I School District

417-328-8943

lnkemp bolivar k12 mo us


From: k12osn-bounces redhat com [mailto:k12osn-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of pogson
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 8:37 AM
To: k12osn redhat com
Subject: [K12OSN] OT:Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

 

The story is pretty sparse. It looks to me that they had a couple of issues:
User permissions for files and thin clients.

I do not understand the comment that they had to add one user at a time. That is the Windows way. In Linux, one would use scripts and it would take minutes. Perhaps they had to get the info out of AD first... That makes sense if they wanted to keep users connected to their data. I had the privilege of creating a system with no user history. I created staff accounts from a list of usernames and created student accounts using APG (Automatic Password Generator). I had teachers associate student names with account userids. They could have solved their problems by grouping staff, teachers, students. Perhaps they had staff that moved between buildings...

I have never seen a Linux system that would not work with thin clients. Use LTSP to boot the thin clients and an X connection to whatever server you run.

I guess they got locked into Suse and their way of doing things and it did not fit their setup. That is the problem with migration. You try to do the same old thing with the new system when it is unnatural. I say, make a clean break with the old system, automate account generation and migrate the data. If Windows will not produce clean text files with user information, scan the system with a Linux live CD or whatever to harvest the information. If file directories match usernames, and teachers and students are segragated it shoud be doable.

Robert Pogson

On Thu, 2007-01-03 at 20:32 -0500, k12osn-request redhat com wrote:

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It would be better if it was LTSP but still a nice headline to read on a rainy
morning here in ATL.

http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1245710,00.htm

 
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