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Jason Grizzle wrote:
My name is Jason Grizzle, and I'm an instructional technology specialist with
Jackson County Schools in Georgia (USA). I'm excited about the educational focus for
open suse. As a system, we're looking to migrate to SLED in (probably) 2-3 years for
our Windows machines. My job function is tech. integration and teacher training, and
I'm very interested in beta testing or developing documentation for you. I'm not
a programmer, but I can develop web training, documents, and video tutorials.
I'm a Debian Developer, so am somewhat biased, but given that you're 2 or 3
years away from a decision you should at least look at the progress of
DebianEdu and Edubuntu (the first being the Debian Educational effort, and
the second being the Ubuntu one).
One point that has been raised on this list recently is that Ubuntu has
integrated LTSP (the Linux Terminal Server Project) and become the
upstream developer of LTSP, whereas there is some question of support for
LTSP in SUSE.
Having said that, I would be seriously surprised if there was any real
difficulty in making LTSP work on future SUSE distros -- it's just that it
will require some more effort than just installing SUSE.
On the other hand, the way that Ubuntu is now developing LTSP is drawing
some criticism, as they've been adding functionality that is considered
surplus to requirements by some, at the expense of making boot times
slower, and hardware requirements somewhat higher.
 LTSP is a thin client solution for Linux, that allows you to boot old
machines as screens, with the bulk of the software running on central
servers, so that the machines that you were probably planing to throw away
in 3 years could be reused, and the hardware budget saved to spend on a few
central servers, resulting in lower costs, better performance, and less
admin effort to maintain.
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