[K12OSN] LTSP detailing required for Nepal

Shishir Jha shishirjh at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 16:47:18 UTC 2007

I am from Kathmandu Nepal, and am currently studying as a fourth year
computer engineering student here. Last December as a holiday project we
tried out LTSP and after its amazing result we decided to deploy it one of
the remote areas of Nepal, Dang, which is some 450 km from our capital
Kathmandu.We teamed up with a NON-Government Organization Help Nepal Network
for financial and other support. We used K12LTSP 5.0 with PIV Intel 865GSA
3,06 GHz, server in 10/100 mbps switch. Thin clients were phased out PI's
IBM 133Mhz with 32 mb RAM. Total no. of clients running there  are 5. This
project was acheived with minimal cost expenditure of about 85,000 Nepali
Rupee (1200$US) and has been performing flawlessly ever since. More than 200
students take direct advantage of this system in a place which could have
been untouched by computers if not for this initiative taken by Help Nepal
and us.

Now, after the immense success of that project, we and our parent NGO are
being approached by different organizations for mass deployment. We have
tested LTSP for max of 10 computers, but the requests coming to us are for
more than 30 computers per lab and that also with full multimedia support if
So, I would like to ask few questions about the full scale deployment of
LTSP, specially K12 LTSP
1. How well does this set up cope with Multimedia applications? What
Multimedia tools and applications can be run on the client end running in 30
computers simultaneously?
2.For 30 terminals how many servers would be required assuming we have to
use multimedia apps like flash and other interactive elements?
3. What are the requirements for client end for good graphics response with
sound enabled ?
4. What kind of networking could be required (gigabit backplane with router
or some other configuration) and also will load balancing will be required
or not?

The only heavy bandwidth utilization would be while using flash videos,
hence what do you suggest for us. Please let us know, it could be a very big
help in our part
Thank You

Shishir Jha
Fourth Year Computer Engineering Student
Pulchowk Campus
Institute Of Engineering
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