[K12OSN] It's Good to be Back
jthomas at bittware.com
Wed Dec 3 01:03:14 UTC 2008
I used K12LTSP about five years ago and was active on SEUL and on this
mailing list back then. I moved to a different state (NH), and my
association with the school where I installed L12LTSP necessarily ended.
Last year my new church opened a new school, and this year, I have
deployed K12LTSP again. It's good to be back.
Last year we received six PC's as a donation, and they came with Win2K
installed on them. We didn't have Internet access then, and I was not
ready to fight the good fight yet. I did install OpenOffice on all the
machines though, and that was pretty much all they wanted. This year
they started asking for more, and for everything they said they wanted,
I remembered having it for free at my previous school. So I proposed
piloting k12ltsp and got a green light.
I commandeered the PC we have in the AV room as the ltsp server. It's a
fairly decent machine (about double the speed, memory, and HD of the
server I had at the previous school).
During setup, one of the six Win2K machines (which are my clients now)
gave up the ghost. It is an ex-PC now. So I'm down to five clients.
The first day went pretty well. The kids were very excited, and had a
blast. OOo looks just the same as last year (no accident there). I
have had a chance to speak to the teacher only briefly, but her
impression was also very positive. So it looks like I'll get a green light.
Since the pilot is going well so far, I decided to start looking for a
permanent ltsp server so we don't have to rely on the AV PC. I found a
place to buy some very impressive looking refurbished blade servers for
next to nothing, and I'd like a little advice:
The one I have my eye on is an IBM 1U blade with two 2.4GHz Opterons, 4G
RAM, and a single 73G Ultra320 SCSI drive:
I could go with a bigger drive if I went with a no-name blade, and it
would be SATA instead of SCSI. SATA is nice because I can get more
capacity cheap, but SCSI just seems so much better. And with only 7
students in our whole school, I'm thinking 73G will last a long time.
So what would you do? Go for a no-name with more HD capacity and a
cheap upgrade route, or go with IBM+SCSI knowing that adding more
storage later is going to cost some major bux?
I'm also looking at one of these to replace my smoked client:
Has anyone dealt with geeks.com before? Should I be afraid that their
offers too good to be true? (They... they seem like they might be.)
Jim Thomas Principal Applications Engineer Bittware, Inc
jthomas at bittware.com http://www.bittware.com (603) 226-0404 x536
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