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[school-discuss] "Thin client" report from Norway

I sending some links to a report about experiences with centralised
deployment and operation of free software in the schools in 5
Norwegian municipalities.

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has founded the
report. It covers planing or full deployment Skolelinux at 234
schools, 33.000 client machines, and 101.000 pupils and teachers.  The
focus is on technical issues, economy and organisation. There is also
feedback on how the teachers uses free software in their teaching.

The report is a small part of a larger work done by the Norwegian
educational authorities. The government needs effective and efficient
measures to reach the political goals of digital competence in the
schools. The next step in our work is to make and maintain service
management documentation with CDD software in accordance to ITIL (IT
Infrastructure Library - from the Office of Government Commerce UK).

Unfortunately this is in Norwegian, but shows experiences with thin
clients and half thick clients at many schools, operated from a
centralised office in the municipalities. Skolelinux / Debian-edu /
Ubuntu has done a lot of job making half thick client easily
deployable for the schools.

I'll write a short summary of the report in English to the debconf 6
gathering in Mexico in May. Her is the link to the Norwegian long (65
p) and short (1 p) version of the report:


More about half thick clients from a analysis done in 2004: 



Knut Yrvin
Project manager (cel: +47 908 95 765) Skolelinux Norway. 
Office 1: SLX Debian Labs Forskningsparken, Gaustadalle 21, 0349 OSLO,
NORWAY.  Office 2: IT-Staff Akershus County Council, Schweigaards gate
4, 0185 OSLO, NORWAY.