[K12OSN] Is K12Linux el6 actively maintained?

William Fragakis william at fragakis.com
Thu Jan 16 15:55:46 UTC 2014

To add what Radek said very well, LTSP on EL platforms (we use
Scientific Linux) is very "production ready" in that it works, is very
stable and using an EL release allows us to use the same basic platform
for both LTSP and KVM (virtual machine) servers that are up for months
at a time.

I used to use the old K12 distributions based on Fedora but Fedora's
short lifespans and a period from F15-18 that weren't LTSP friendly made
it hard to maintain in an office environment that has to be up year
round. In an academic environment where you have summer or vacation
breaks to tune and update your software, that's not as big an issue. 

As well, there were some pretty big (good) changes back in the day in
succeeding versions of Fedora and how it played with LTSP (eg
pulseaudio) that had us looking forward to new versions. 

LTSP continues to be very effective for us after more than six years of
use not only in cost savings but in reliability and flexibility. 

Best regards,

On Wed, 2014-01-15 at 12:00 -0500, k12osn-request at redhat.com wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:36:53 +0100
> From: Radek Bursztynowski <radek at bursztynowski.waw.pl>
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools."
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> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Is K12Linux el6 actively maintained?
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> Hello,
> I use K12Linux in two localization permanently more than 18 mounts and
> I am very satisfied. I made few corrections and I use older thin
> client image (most people recommend the newest one). I couldn't
> compare to Ubuntu, but my installations on CentOS 6.5 x86_64 (upgraded
> from CentOS 6.3 -> 6.4 -> 6.5 and from LTSP 5.2 to 5.4) work fine and
> I can confirm there are stable including both cooperation: with Linux
> and Windows.
> You can find "Status of LTSP in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 / Centos
> 6 / Scietnific Linux 6" here:
> http://wiki.ltsp.org/wiki/Category:Fedora.
> I didn't test LTSP on Fedora. I like Fedora, but Fedora is changed to
> fast for me to use Fedora as a productive server. 
> The people say in my country: every rose has its thorns. Identically
> is with CentOS and LTSP. But I customized environment, collected
> experience and now I use this combination.  I looked for stable
> environment for LTSP and I found them - CentOS 6.x. There are my
> experiences.
> Best regards,
> Radek

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