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RE: [school-discuss] LTSP - eWeek Lab review of interest

I too, agree that the LTSP support community is outstanding; the demand
for solutions, services, and support such as those which SafeDesk
provides is a direct result of some school districts and organizations
that want a "throat to choke" option... in this case, a solution and
support vendor that doesn't give them a reason to...sometimes it's a
lack of time, a lack of skill, the value of third-party accountability,
or a combination of the above that bring organizations to us...  

If one chooses to utilize our free, SafeDesk Standard version and it's
60 days of free support, and prefer to then continue on to obtain SuSE
upgrades themselves, we're happy to help them get started down that
path...free.  For those that would like some help, including network
and application integration, they contract our services and support for
SafeDesk Enterprise.  Those that don't...don't. 

My apologies if FUD was perceived; it wasn't intended.


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [school-discuss] LTSP - eWeek Lab review of interest
> From: "R. Scott Belford" <scott@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Tue, June 07, 2005 3:11 pm
> To: schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> ccraig@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1822061,00.asp - Lab test review
> > http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1820861,00.asp - Comparison
> > 
> > (not meant as a blatant commercial...it's free!)
> The link from the article to this page
> http://www.safedesksolutions.com/quickstart/
> adds the back half of the parentheses.
> I observe that there is a sixty day window for upgrades.
> "60-days of free upgrades and maintenance service for your solution"
> Does this mean that the end-user needs to pay for software updates at 
> the end of this time?
> The article also mentions
> "After installation, IT managers will have to configure network settings"
> and
> "We ran a console command to set up the LTSP service, which enabled our 
> thin clients to connect to the server."
> In a DHCP environment, these are two steps not required when installing 
> the K12LTSP.
> It is fantastic and necessary to see entrepreneurial innovation in this 
> area, but is it fair and accurate to say that these "models make LTSP 
> more realizable to those who don't have the time or skills necessary to 
> implement LTSP?"  It seems to be a statement that needlessly introduces 
> a degree of FUD around the astounding community of support found on the 
> K12OSN, schoolforge, and debian-edu lists, among others.  Solutions like 
> yours are good enough not to need to do this.
> --scott