Hi to all of those running RM out there, can I
your brains please?
Have a look at:
Anyone who has not already looked at these would do well to invest a few
minutes - very interesting, thanks.
I'm not convinced that thin client is the way I want to go, and still
convinced that most of it's supposed virtues are
revenant today. I know
the article says that it's a personal view, but some of the arguments
pretty thin (sorry no pun intended!). Maybe I should read it again.
I've not been to schoolforge for a long time and I have to say, playing
devils advocate, the left hand column could have so many more entries
the right hand column could hardly be more sparse,
even with the wine
entries! Although the software listed is very strong, it's hardly an
for shedding windows! :-(
It would seem that big, generic apps are not the problem as most
type software tends to have a gnu/linux equivilent. The big problem are
these ex teachers sitting in the middle of dartmoor, knocking out pc
versions of their BBC micro software for Sup Ed and the like. I'm sure
these will not be given up easily by the departments that know and love
them! I would also imagine that they would be unlikly to give up the
and move to open source nor invest the time to become multi platform.
We use a mix of Thin clients and PCs. With the right setup this balance
has provided us with a very efficient system, BUT we use Citrix over Unix
and Linux (and for music and video over XP) to deliver a Windoze desktop
which is nicely locked down and which our non-techie staff can relate to.
Keeps training down as well. We also have OOo in use as well and we give
it to students to use at home.
We are otherwise looking for web based software either online or on CD /
DVD to avoid the excessive over-protection applied to some stuff of
limited value. We have some excellent online text books in use and we
have developed our Intranet to fill the gaps. Setting up templates with
Dreamweaver and then providing Contribute to departments has provided a
big surge in interest and skill. Open source is mostly under the skin
otherwise but keeps costs down.
All the best.
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