Along with the websites everyone else has suggested a couple of my own
for a school focussed look at all aspects.
<- Superb forums here for whenever you get stuck, or
have general queries
<- Again, good forums here, and also download links to
various Distro ISOs.
As far as training, there are a couple of professional qualifications available at the
moment. If you end up down the SuSE route the best bet is Novells Certified Linux
Engineer. There is also a Red Hat version Red Hat Certfied Engineer, but that's a
little too Red Hat oriented apparently. Probably the best bet as far as non-distro
biased is the Linux Professional Institue Certification: http://www.lpi.org/en/lpic.html
Try and encourage your geeks.. sorry IT people, to salvage an old box and get them
to install Suse or Red Hat on it (easiest two to install). I've learnt a heck of a
about Linux in the past couple of months, mainly because I've been interested in it
an alternative, and my work place also started getting interested in it as a backbone.
On 16 Jun 2004 at 21:52, garry saddington wrote:
On Wednesday 16 June 2004 9:18 pm, Dermot Mc Laughlin
Im a PGCE student of ICT and as my major assignment I
have chosen to investigate the possibility of
embracing opensource software in the school
environment. To this end, a few months ago I wiped out
windows and replaced it with super slick SuSE and
never looked back!
I just thought that this mailing list might be a good
place to bounce ideas off people. I've done all the
research regarding opensource software replacements
for current software + checking out Wine compatibility
for departments who are in love with their current
packages -- all this has gone very favourably.
Now im looking at the really important part (as far as
management is concerned), Costing!! Here I have hit an
impass! There are so many solutions and distro's
After initial research http://www.k12ltsp.org/
very interesting -- it would certainly be a good way
of implementing Linux one step/room at a time. Also
looks like old hw could be used to create new computer
suites at little extra expense.
I know this is a SuSE mailing list, so im presuming
that there will be a degree of bias, but thats fair
enough because im a bit biased towards it too. Yast
has seen me through a lot already, and im a bit loathe
to leave it.
The school that im compiling this report for has 474
Windows workstations, does anyone have experience of
Linux administration, implementation on this scale? If
so can you give me an idea of annual costs? Have you
used SuSE for this? What OS is being used for your
One last thing, most school technicians I have met
thus far have little to no experience or knowledge of
Linux; I also consider myself to be a newcomer to this
field, could anyone direct me to a training course
suited to Linux school network administration.
I know that all of the above is a big ask, I will be
gratefull for any pearls of wisdom.
Dermot Mc Laughlin
Have a look at www.scholarpack.org
. It will be updated in the near future, but
there is a costings exercise there. We use SuSE with LTSP by the way. You do
not need to leave Yast behind and it is getting better especially now it's
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