[K12OSN] Linux for High School students?

Peter Scheie peter at scheie.homedns.org
Tue Mar 11 13:02:31 UTC 2008

Terrell Prudé Jr. wrote:
> 9.)  Hard disks will, sooner or later, *always* fill up.  Again, any 
> system.  However, another big issue, disk fragmentation, tends to be 
> handled a lot better with GNU/Linux than with Microsoft's NTFS.  Not 
> that the NTFS is "bad", necessarily; it was a most welcome improvement 
> over FAT.  But ext3 simply does it better.

Two points here, in response to Chuck's question, is that with Linux/LTSP, you 
can 1) easily set disk quotas for users, to prevent them from consuming all the 
disk space (intentionally or not); 2) the users' directories can all be easily 
placed on a separate partition, so that if a user does suddenly manage to gobble 
up a bunch of space, it does not stop the system from running; it's also easier 
to upgrade the system without disrupting the users' files.


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