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

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Mar 3 17:41:05 UTC 2007

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 at bolivar.k12.mo.us <mailto:lnkemp at bolivar.k12.mo.us>
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> *From:* k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]
> *On Behalf Of *pogson
> *Sent:* Friday, March 02, 2007 8:37 AM
> *To:* k12osn at 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 at redhat.com wrote:
> From: Sergio Chaves <sergio at turbocorp.com <mailto:sergio at turbocorp.com>>
> Subject: [K12OSN] OT:Microsoft Windows ousted at California school
>         district
> To: k12osn at redhat.com <mailto:k12osn at redhat.com>
> Message-ID: <200703011316.15838.sergio at turbocorp.com
> <mailto:200703011316.15838.sergio at turbocorp.com>>
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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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