[K12OSN] Silverlight?

Peter Scheie peter at peterscheie.com
Sat Mar 17 12:49:33 UTC 2012

Whenever you get one of these kind of requests, respond enthusiastically 
with a "Yes, I'll look into that", so people know you're on their side.  
In this case, scope out the price of putting up a Windows terminal 
server (LTSP can do RDP), multiply that times however many servers 
you'll need (last I checked, WTS could only handle about 10 simultaneous 
sessions), plus the cost of the CAL licenses.  It will quickly add up.  
Then you can say to the powers-that-be, "Yes, we could do that, but 
we'll have to cut a teacher or a few aides to pay for it, because 
proprietary software is always going to be expensive, sooner or later.  
Remember, MS is a *business* which means they are first & foremost 
interested in making money and that money comes from you.  Linux & FOSS 
are about enabling people to do things; money usually isn't the 
concern."  Then, if you've found an alternative that works on Linux, you 
can say so, and hopefully they'll be more receptive.


Jomegat wrote:
> On 03/16/2012 02:49 PM, Bill Fitzgerald wrote:
>> RE: "I'm sure she will continue to find applications out there that
>> require Shockwave, Silverlight, Windows, and who knows what else.  I try
>> to find replacements when I say no, but those are never as satisfying
>> (to her) as saying yes."
>>  From this description, and other pieces in the thread, this sounds less
>> like a technical issue and more like a personality issue. In other
>> words, this "problem" isn't technical in origin, and will continue to
>> crop up regardless of whether you install silverlight or not.
> It's both.
> I took Tom Hoffman's advice and installed it on my linux desktop, and 
> tried the app she wanted to run.  All it does is warn that this is 
> SilverLight 4, and not all features will work.  Even if it did work on 
> my desktop, that is no guarantee that it would work with LTSP.
> So I am investigating alternatives.  They abound.
>> Good luck with this.
>> Cheers,
>> Bill
>> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM, Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com
>> <mailto:jim.kinney at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     Screaming!
>>     Help the teacher find a better source of downloadable movies.
>>     On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Jomegat <jomegat at jomegat.com
>>     <mailto:jomegat at jomegat.com>> wrote:
>>         Hi all,
>>         Our teacher has requested that I install SilverLight on the K12
>>         server.  I assume I'd have to use Mono's version instead, but
>>         before I even start down that path... should I?
>>         How does it perform on an LTSP system?  I'm running the EL6
>>         version on an x86_64 server.  Flash sometimes weighs down the
>>         network, as I have only 100Mbit links between the clients and
>>         the switch (but the server uses a gigE link).
>>         So should I bite the bullet or run away screaming?
>>         --
>>         Jim Thomas            Principal Applications Engineer  
>> Bittware, Inc
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>>         "And" is a word that should never be used at the beginning of a
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