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Re: [school-discuss] [Fwd: moving from Windows 2000 -> linux]

I taught typing and used Ktouch and Gtypist mostly. TuxType is a cool game, but often the students leave the home row to try to achieve speed. Ktouch is graphic and shows the keys as you type. Gtypist is text-based, but I was able to write my own tests with Gtypist . . . plus it gives a score every time which was pretty blame handy for grading. We worked out of a typing text book as well, so I put the typing tests from the text into my weekly Gtypist tests. The students knew that each weekly test covered the materials from this page to that page. Also, it seemed to work better to require 45 minutes of practice each day, with the students knowing they had to master certain skills by the end of the week . . . . rather than assigning specific lessons each day. Also, their hands were covered for the test.

jwaddell@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi Doug and Marc,

I'm forwarding this in the hope that we can collectively provide Marc
with some help.  Please include his email address at Ravenswood in your
reply.  Thanks.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	moving from Windows 2000 -> linux
Date: 	Thu, 26 May 2005 12:01:02 -0700
From: 	Marc Jackson <mjackson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: 	'info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx' <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


My name is Marc Jackson.  I'm the systems admin at Ravenswood City School
Distirct.  I've proposed moving the school district from Microsoft to
I have to do a proof of concept.

That shall be fun :)

Specifically, I need to run a lab with linux terminal services and provide
the following services in the lab:

A typing program.

You have several to choose from including ktouch, and tuxtype. If those are unsuitable to your situation let me know and I'll come up with a half dozen more. And if you choose to serve windows (using windows terminal services) to the linux desktop using rdesktop you can of course deliver the favorite windows program Mavis Beacon [altough I'm not sure that the audio portion can delivered by anything but the newest windows version and I haven't tested that].

A MS program, preferably Visio.

I would choose the native linux program Dia instead, however if you must deliver Visio you have a few choices for that as well. You can as mentioned above deliver Visio from a Windows NT/2000/xp/2003 server with Windows Terminal Services enabled. I'd be happy to answer any questions on how to do this. You could get win4lin and install it for each of the various user's that need this Windows App. You could get vmware and do the same. I believe there is also a product known as CrossOver Office which can deliver this same functionality. It's also possible to use WINE for this, however, last time I tested that option it was definately less than satisfactory. Each of these options have their strengths and their weaknesses.

That is a lot of choice and you'll wish to evaluate them dependent on YOUR
goals with this proof of concept.

Authentication to a MS product/Active Directory.

Are you talking about the authentication that SAMBA does? If haven't done that in so long I don't remember how it works. Anyway I *think* what you are asking for is simply a feature of SAMBA that will need to be configured.

Curriculum software which supports Literacy as it's main objective.

I can think of several options here, although none that are extremely straight forward. Are you looking for a drill and kill type application or one that helps increase language skills. Their are several flashcard type applications, several foriegn language writing skills applications (especially for Japanese Kana). With project gutenberg you have access to several thousand ebooks that you can deliver to the screen in a multitude of ways as well as have the computer READ them using festival. Again it depends a great deal on what your goal at this time is. Are you needing to complete it soon? Do you need to deliver "Oh my God!!!" functionality? Do you need to get around political objections?

Again I'd be happy to help in any way that I'm able.

Any help/ideas in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated.




Jeff Waddell