We use a local (ish) firm for our computer supplies that have been superb for us, Astec
The big advantage with the machines they have spec'd and supplied us is that they
intergrated systems as much as is humanly possible. Our current workstations are based on
845GVSR motherboards, which come with integrated video, sound and network. That means all
components are in one board, with just memory, CPU and disk drives needing to be separate.
found this results in extremely good reliability. If a falt does occur (rare) then its
the motherboard and we just get that replaced under warranty. Of our last summer batch of
PCs, just two have had any hardware faults this year, and we see similar levels of faults
back over the 4 or 5 years we've been using them (with one notable exception where
they got a
really awful batch of HDDs, from a manufacturer they won't touch with a barge pole
they did supply us with replacements in advance of HDDs failing once we started
problems so we had minimal downtime). Whoever you go with I'd strongly recommend
integrated a solution as possible. Fewer parts really does leave you with fewer things to
On 26 Apr 2005 at 13:51, Miles Berry wrote:
I've just been asked to draft a proposal for
/possibly/ setting up a 2nd
IT room here at St Ives. Unfortunately, the preliminary figures will be
needed by 4/5/05!
I'd like to explore the possibility of going the LTSP route (we have a
multi-purpose Linux server already, but are running win98 clients on the
rest of the network). We can do a fair bit of stuff ourselves (network
cabling and configuration), but draw the line at building computers!
The room would be quite cramped with 19 stations, and cost is going to
be a key issue here, I'm afraid.
The thin client option seems quite appealing, but I'd prefer KDE
desktops, even though this may place a lot of extra load on the poor
application server, and obviously would want to run things like Office
software, and web-browsing; I'd also like to be able to run rosegarden
Can anyone here suggest specs and suppliers for the server(s) and
terminals, or point me in the direction of UK based suppliers?
Also, I wonder if any of the commercial interests on the list would be
interested in quoting for this? If so, perhaps they'd like to get in
touch directly, mberry(a)st-ives.surrey.sch.uk
St Ives School Haslemere
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