[K12OSN] K12 Newb struggles
sommermeyerj at concordiacrusaders.org
Wed Mar 28 16:03:30 UTC 2007
OK... Thanks for your encouragement and direction... I have a LTSP server working with a client connecting to it... I take it that all I need to do is run "system updater" on the server and that will update things like firefox and such? Or do I need to do more of that by hand?
I am working in the LTSPADMIN enviroment... Which I like a lot... It makes it a bit easier to get things set the way I want to for the time being...
Thanks again for all of your help... Next task to tackle is authentication via Active Directory so I don't have to put in a ton of new usernames and to have it link to their home directories... Thanks again for all your help! I think I have found those answers on the fedora site...
Joshua D. Sommermeyer
Assistant Principal - Technology Director
Concordia Lutheran High School
sommermeyerj at concordiacrusaders.org
+++The Mission of Concordia Lutheran High School is to Build Lives of Excellence upon the Foundation of Christ. +++
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Peter Scheie
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 3:59 PM
To: Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] K12 Newb struggles
Joshua Sommermeyer wrote:
> When I get K12LTSP successfully installed it does not boot to the blue
> desktop like FC6 does correct?
If you mean what you see on the server's display, yes, the login screen is different than what appears at the clients. But that's just cosmetics. I think you can even change that so that the server login screen (the 'greeter') is the same as what the clients see. Look under System -> Administration -> Login Screen.
> I found on the LTSP site the commant ltspadmin that got me to a GUI...
> I take it the next step is for me to hook a switch into ETH1 and put
> some computers on it to see if they can connect to the Server?
No, hook a switch to eth0, plug some clients into that, and see if they boot. eth1 is the upstream link, that is, the NIC that should be connected to the school network/internet.
> Why is StarOffice not included since it seems it has more bells and
> whistles and from what I read it is FREE to education users?
StarOffice is distributed by Sun. It's a commercial product from a commercial company.
As such, there are restrictions on how it can be distributed--that is, you can only get it from Sun. There's no problem with YOU downloading it and using it on your system/server, but Sun doesn't allow anyone else to distribute it. Besides, as K12LTSP is a community effort, its software collection focuses on community-based projects. You have to think about 'free' in terms of speech, not price.
> I think this is a GREAT resource, but the lack of documentation
> available for a Windows savvy newbie is painful for me, not that I
> read documentation, but when I get stuck, I like to have some
> reference to fall on...
As mentioned, this is a community effort, meaning documentation is created by the users, including you now. ;-) There is the K12LTSP wiki at http://k12ltsp.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page. There is the LTSP wiki at wiki.ltsp.org. And there is the #ltsp IRC channel, for real-time questions & answers.
Rather than asking what others can do for you, ask what you can do for others. When you run into a problem, check the wikis. If you can't find an answer there, post your question to the list, and we'll try to help. And once you solve a problem, post it to the wiki so that others can benefit from your learning experience.
> thanks for all your help!
> Joshua D. Sommermeyer
> Assistant Principal - Technology Director
> Concordia Lutheran High School
> (o) 281.351.2547
> (f) 281.255.8806
> www.concordiacrusaders.org <http://www.concordiacrusaders.org/>
> sommermeyerj at concordiacrusaders.org
> <mailto:sommermeyerj at concordiacrusaders.org>
> */+++The Mission of Concordia Lutheran High School is to Build Lives of
> Excellence upon the Foundation of Christ. +++/*
> *From:* k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] *On
> Behalf Of *"Terrell Prudé Jr."
> *Sent:* Monday, March 26, 2007 10:47 AM
> *To:* Support list for open source software in schools.
> *Subject:* [K12OSN] SafeDesk and LTSP
> Hello Joshua,
> I haven't myself used companies like "SafeDesk" before. But do
> understand that K12LTSP already *is* a turnkey (or should I say
> "turndisc"? :-) ) solution. That's actually the point of K12LTSP; Eric
> Harrison takes Fedora Core or CentOS, adds the LTSP bits, and throws in
> a bunch of educational apps. It's a complete, self-contained
> distribution. When you're done clicking through the installation, boom,
> you have a working educational LTSP setup.
> Do you GNU!?
> Microsoft Free since 2003 <http://www.gnu.org/>--the ultimate antivirus
> Joshua Sommermeyer wrote:
>> I have been lurking for some time but have finally downloaded and burned
>> my set of K12LTSP disks... I am planning a 2 lab installation for next
>> year and am also talking to a company called "SafeDesk" they offer a
>> turnkey solution (at a cost) with support and such. Have any of you had
>> experience with SafeDesk or other 3rd party vendors that package LTSP
>> and sell their services to schools?
>> Joshua D. Sommermeyer
>> Assistant Principal - Technology Director
>> Concordia Lutheran High School
>> (o) 281.351.2547
>> (f) 281.255.8806
>> sommermeyerj at concordiacrusaders.org
>> +++The Mission of Concordia Lutheran High School is to Build Lives of
>> Excellence upon the Foundation of Christ. +++
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