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Re: [school-discuss] linux distributions for low resource computers
Another route to consider would be to use the laptops as thin clients with a
K12LTSP server. A new $600 computer from Best Buy as the server will support
~20 thin clients; or you could even support 5-10 clients just using a P4 machine
from the past few years if it has a gig or more of RAM. With this you can give
the users a full desktop experience with lightning fast applications, and give
yourself full access to just about any application you find. I just donated a
bunch old laptops from my former employer to a charter school for such a setup.
The school has to buy the server, but when they saw the price tag for getting
a whole lab, they jumped at it. See the K12LTSP wiki (www.k12ltsp.org) for
details about using old laptops as thin clients.
Laura nmi Michaels wrote:
I looked into using both DSL and Puppy (distros some of the list members
just recommended), but with only 64 MB RAM and both distributions listing
minimum requirements needing more, it just isn't a solution for that
particular computer. As I mentioned, both DeLi Linux and Absolute Linux
work on a machine with less than 64 MB.
Would be interested to hear if those using smaller distributions are finding
all the applications they need with the distributions or adding applications
themselves. If you're adding applications, which ones are most helpful and
most responsive for low resource systems? Is there a method of sharing the
added applications with others if you go to the effort of compiling and
building a program yourself?