[K12OSN] State of K12LTSP usefullness in your school

Patrick Fleming k12ltsp at rwcinc.net
Thu May 15 14:23:45 UTC 2008

Barry R Cisna wrote:
> Hello List,
> I pose this question about once a year to all the K12LTSP'ers on the
> list here. I'd like to know,especially the newer people on the list
> here,how your admins think, when you mention,about the K12ltsp setup in
> a school setting. 
As the admin for a small business I run K12LTSP. When we opened the 
doors in 2003 we had numerous discussions regarding the security of MS 
Windows vs. Linux and all agreed that we trust Linux more. Although MS 
Windows is required for some of our software we settled on a K12LTSP 
installation. Ease of use, low maintenance and the ability to run on far 
less expensive hardware helped make the choice an easy one. We bought a 
fairly decent Vision server and three $199.00 Linpsire clients online.

In the beginning we ran our MS Windows dependent software under VMWare, 
although it had memory limitations. We eventually added a Windows 2003 
server with enough CALs that we could run our software using Terminal 
Services. Although most software runs fine with Terminal Services it's 
hard to get technical support for the configuration from software 
vendors. Most vendors expect to have software installed locally or in a 
Client Server environment and the (Windows) TS configuration doesn't 

Except for my OS upgrades or the occasional power outage we have no 
downtime. K12LTSP is solid.

>I have posted all my trials and tribulations many
> times before. I always wonder what the admins think when you mention the
> distro is free. This seems to be the biggest downfall I have found.Seems
> odd doesn't it?,,,hhmm.I was told many moons ago by an older gentleman
> that is a long time Linux guru that the United States would be the last
> country to "flip" to Linux ,because the US is such a commercialized
> country. I can see now he is correct:)
> For example what does the teachers say when you have mentioned to them
> about k12ltsp for the first time,etc. 
> Any comments to share?
> Take Care,
> Barry Cisna
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