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Re: [K12OSN] Urgent help needed catching up- Angry & Frustrated Users!

On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 7:54 AM, Anthony Luscre <mo_luscre mogadore net> wrote:
> Our district has been running three LTSP labs with 20 to 30 client each
> since way back in the version 3 days, six years ago.
> Recently I have updated all three servers and OS for all three.
> Currently we are running Fedora 10 with LTSP-5. Each server is a a quad core
> xenon with 7 to 13 gigs of RAM.

your server is good. Make sure your kernel sees all the ram. run top.
if running 32 bit OS make sure you are running a pae kernel

> We are still using our original client terminals - Compaq iPAQ Desktop
> Computers- 500MHz PIII with 64  to 128 RAM with hard drive removed.

500mhz is good enough. But if you can add more ram to clients. 256
should be fine.

> This year we have been experiencing a number of issues with varying
> frequencies:
> 1. Failure of whole lab to be able to log on simultaneously
> 2. FireFox slow or constantly freezing
> 3. OpenOffice slow or freezing
> 4. Failure of client terminals to get boot from server if restarted after a
> freeze.
> My questions:
> 1. Will upgrading the client terminals to Dell GX240's with Pentium 4 1.5
> GHz processors with 256mb RAM make a significant improvement on their own?
> 2. Do I need to utilize "Local Apps" to make it all work reliably?
> 3. If utilizing Local Apps will it help my current IPAQ do the job or will
> the Dell GX240s be necessary to see an improvement?
> 4. I am not really sure what I need to do to run Local Apps with LTSP 5, is
> their a good source of recent information?
> 5. Are used computers with HD removed still a viable option for terminals
> and if so what are suggested requirements?
> Thanks for any help you can give me on these issues as I would not like to
> see our 6 years experiment with LTSP come to an end due to teacher/student
> frustration and would be hard pressed to buy and maintain 80 new windows
> computers.
> Anthony
> Anthony A. Luscre - Director of Technology
> Mogadore Local Schools
> 1 S. Cleveland Ave.
> Mogadore, OH 44260
> mo_luscre mogadore net
> PH--- 330-628-7255
> FAX- 330-628-6661
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Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada

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