[K12OSN] Small, Current Linux build

Ryan Collins mr.rcollins at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 17:52:22 UTC 2008

Nils Breunese wrote:
>> I have about 25 IBM Thinkpad 600E Pentium II's that are currently 
>> running Windows 2000.  These have served as the primary computer for 
>> teachers at my school and as a laptop cart for students.  They are 
>> just unable to keep up with most applications coming out today.  I 
>> would like to switch them all over to a small Linux distro that will 
>> be able to perform web browsing and word processing with their limited 
>> processor speed.  Support for wireless networking with WEP encryption 
>> is also needed.  Does anyone have a suggestion about a good option?  I 
>> have tried a couple of versions of DSL, but I need something with a 
>> little more GUI capabilities.
> They might be good LTSP thin clients?

I'm setting up some older iBooks right now as wireless "thick" clients. 
I'm installing Ubuntu Server (I already had the CD and the initial 
install doesn't install much). I then install two packages, xserver-xorg 
and xfonts-base. In rc.local I run the commands to setup wireless and 
connect to an access point, and then run:
X -query ltsp.server (where ltsp.server is the machine running ltsp).

I also setup a user called shutdown (with no password) who has sudo 
access to "halt". Its login script calls halt, so a teacher just has to 
control-alt-backspace to kill X and login as shutdown, which proceeds to 
shutdown the machine.

My next goal is to figure out how to image these machines so I can setup 
  a bunch of them (since they're PPC, it's a little trickier than i386).

Ryan Collins - Technology Coordinator - http://www.kentoncityschools.org/
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