Here's a high level stategy: 1) Determine if the systems are the same or not 2) If they are the same - CPU, RAM, devices ... then load the distro you are considering - SKolelinux, Edubuntu, .... - If the system is configurable to what you wish to do * Consider setting up the network so you can boot and build from the network * Consider extracting the hard drives and boot from CD if possible * 600 machines is alot to manually configure - but you could configure each one manually I suspect the drives are a bit old and errors are creeping up. I'd opt to see about running diskless if possible. While checking out the systems, get a number of people involved. You need to get enough tech support to make the conversion workable. This is a part many neglect until the last minute. You can show the basic capabilities - but need alot of support to deploy and more importantly maintain the systems. Rich On Sun, 2006-05-21 at 09:32 -0400, Daniel Howard wrote: > Folk, > > I've know of a school that has over 600 older laptops (either Win98 or > Win2k) for a 1:1 grant-funded study in 2000 that now only has 50 > functional units, assumedly due to viruses, upgrading OS w/o adding more > memory, lack of support, etc. We want to consider converting these into > K12LTSP thin clients using our laptop cart idea, but I wanted to make > sure we were considering all options. > > We could probably load Linux OS directly onto each laptop and keep them > as stand-alone units so the kids could take them home as the original > model proposed, but the support issue (number of PCs to support) along > with the need to plug them in to power daily in the classrooms and > either plug network in or log on wirelessly makes that less desirable. > I'd rather see the kids stay after school for a few hours to do homework > on them when necessary and reduce the number of PCs to support by a > factor of 50 by turning them all into thin clients that stay at the school. > > Are there any other ideas out there for what to do to revive 600 drunken > laptops? > > Regards, > Daniel > -- GPG/PGP Key Id: 1B257AEC from pgp.mit.edu Remember, all Windows machines are, by definition, fault tolerant. They run Windows don't they!!
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