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[Computerbank] News: Footscray Library Thin Client Project
Computerbank Victoria have implemented a demonstration thin
client network at the Footscray Library.
The network adds additional computing capacity (4 additional
computers for public access) to the network of Windows (16)
computers already there.
Instead of following the LTSP route, we have used a custom
approach to fit the library's requirements and the needs of users.
This is a very controlled Linux environment that gives users
access to a web browser (available in multiple languages),
OpenOffice (set up to save in those MS PTY formats), PDF reader,
file manager, the GIMP and a few other basic utilities.
The system enables users to save files to the floppy on the
client machines (this feature is absolutely necessary), ties
login accounts (password-less) to specific clients, and has
automated shutdown processes (with screen messages to tell users
to 'log off and save work').
The system restores itself to the original set up when it is
shutdown and desktop sessions are refreshed when a user session ends.
So far, in it's first few days of operation, the thin client
network has been heavily utilised particularly for Internet
surfing and webmail. Users are finding the floppy disk a little
different to operate as they are familiar with using floppy disks
We will be producing a case study soon and this will eventually
turn up on our documentation site at doc.vic.computerbank.org.au
For those in Melbourne, who are interested in seeing the set up,
drop into the Footscray Library (56 Paisley St, Footscray, open
M-F 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 10am-2pm) or arrange a visit
to Computerbank in West Melbourne (92 Rosslyn St) to see our own
in house thin client training room setup.
Victorian Branch Coordinator
Computerbank Australia Inc
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