[K12OSN] A New direction for LTSP: Diskless Remote Boot

Moon moon at smbis.com
Thu Sep 11 14:42:58 UTC 2008

Actually, I started using Edubuntu first about a year and a half ago using
6.10 release when I started supporting the school I'm working with. 

The problems I encountered with Edubuntu were mostly overhyped capabilities
early on. Then with the release of 8.04, a whole new set of problems arose
that were not something that could be ignored or worked around any longer,
so I switched everything over to K12LTSP EL5. 

Since switching to K12LTSP EL5, I have had 100% stability and consistency.
It just works, period! BTW, for the most part, I have made the desktop theme
pretty much like the one used for our Edubuntu LTSP5 and not one person has
mentioned anything about it.

I am currently reviewing everything I can on DRBL and Clonezilla as this
might address my school's requirement for various multimedia uses, like DVD
video playback and flash videos on the clients. 

The Clonezilla tool looks like a very useful tool for imaging workstations.

Thanks to all those that have mentioned DRBL and Clonezilla here.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Owens [mailto:rob.owens at biochemfluidics.com] 
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 10:29 AM
To: Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] A New direction for LTSP: Diskless Remote Boot

R. Scott Belford wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 5:28 AM, Warren Togami <wtogami at redhat.com
> <mailto:wtogami at redhat.com>> wrote:
>     Any idea what exactly LTSP5 Edubuntu is doing wrong?  We're using
>     almost all the same upstream sources, although more aggressively
>     newer versions on a more frequent basis.
> There seemed to be a discrepancy between user expectations, minimum
> required hardware specs, documentation, project goals, and the feedback
> loop between users and developers.(2)  Many have become spoiled by Eric
> and Jim and you, Warren, because you seek solutions from the users at
> their level on their mailing lists.  As many are learning - this is rare
> and should be treasured.
I think a lot of it comes down to expectations.  Many early Edubuntu
users were also K12LTSP users.  K12LTSP works so great and is so easy to
set up, that the standard was set very high for Edubuntu.  There has
been a lot of hype around Edubuntu -- which I think is a good thing
because it helps to attract new users.  But the hype also attracted some
K12LTSP users and I think, in general, those are the users who have been
disappointed with Edubuntu.


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