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Re: [school-discuss] Open source in School


Thanks for the great story. Keep up the wonderful work, and let us
know if you jump over any other hurdles.


On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 07:15:48PM +1100, Kim Perkins wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am the Information Services Manager at Strathcona
> Girls Grammar School in Melbourne Australia.
> Three years ago now we took a fairly radical step of
> dumping WIndows 98Se over the Christmas holidays and
> installing RedHat 7.3.  This was done on all the student
> workstations, about 200 in all.  At the same time we
> installed a LDAP server for authentication (via POSIX)
> and an NFS server to automap the user's home directory
> on the server to the /export/home directory on the workstation.
> This mean that it does not matter where the user logs on they
> automatically get access to their home directory.  Their
> backgraounds, internet history, screensavers, icon/text 
> customizations... all are stored in their home directory and
> so are automatically loaded into KDE when they log on.  Works
> just great!
> We did a complete software install on each workstation, including
> applications.  This means that they load up fast without having
> to come off the server.  Both the LDAP and the NFS servers are 
> connected via GBit ethernet and our entire network is 100Mb 
> switched with a Gb backbone so data transfer is very good.
> The workstations are all AMD Athlon 1700+ machines or better
> with 512Mb of RAM and nVidia gForce graphic cards.  We also have
> a selection of P4 2.6Ghz machines.  In all we now have about
> 320 workstations all running Linux and not a Windows machine in
> sight.  We use Sun StarOffice as our productivity suite and have
> had remarkably little problem.
> It amuses me when I read comments like "is Linux ready for the desktop".
> In a School it makes perfect sense particularly in situation where a
> large number of kids share a pool of machines.  Managing this type
> of setup under Windows was a complete nightmare as you problably all
> ready know.
> If anyone would like detailed information about our setup and 
> experiences let me know and I will be glad to help out
> Regards,
> Kim Perkins
> Information Services Manager
> Strathcona BGGS
> Email:: kperkins@hyperion.strathcona.vic.edu.au