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[K12OSN] Christmas Upgrade

I've been running a K12LTSP 5EL for a couple of years, and have just been donated a newer server. It has something like 6G of ram compared to 2G on its replacement, and a massive SATA drive vs a tiny IDE.

The clients will remain unchanged - 10 year-old Gateways with 256M RAM. We have six of these.

A parent at our school donated the server. He was inspired to do this because late last year the students had prepared some ooimpress presentations, and had ten of them running on the six terminals (four of them were minimized). It was dismal.

I don't think that a new server was the solution, but he could not be dissuaded. My guess is that running OOo on the clients would be a better approach to solving the bottleneck.

The network is 100Mbit, via an unmanaged switch.

I plan to bring the new server online over the Christmas break. Is it possible to set this up for running an app locally with EL5? I am terrified of upgrading to something newer, especially in light of the age of the thin clients.

What should I do with the old server?

Advice solicited and appreciated.

Jim Thomas            Principal Applications Engineer  Bittware, Inc
jthomas bittware com  http://www.bittware.com    (603) 226-0404 x536
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