[TriLUG] Linux in the schools (in the backdoor)
Thu, 7 Mar 2002 08:56:30 -0500 (EST)
I voluntered to be a 'buddy' to families who will get New Internet
Computers at my child's school, Mary Scroggs Elementary (aka Southern
Village). The idea is that these network computer-ish devices can be
placed in the homes of families that may not otherwise be able to afford a
computer or to be on the net.
The computer is a diskless set up and quite inexpensive. The school has
gotten monitors donated for the cause so the whole set up is only 200 -
250$. The computer runs almost entirely off a CD.
So, of course, the OS is Linux (keeping that cost down)
http://www.thinknic.com/thinknic/about/softwarefaq.html and yes it's all
It all works great in the demo.
You can access the net directly from the NiC, but the school and thinknic
are encouraging the use of Citrix which let's you do distributed
applications (aka running a windows window remotely on the NiC). So now
you have a Windows window on the NiC with applications and files stored on
the school's servers.
To make matters more amusing, from the OS viewpoint, the school is
standardized on very nice iMacs and iBooks several of which are in each
classroom. Diversity, the Chapel Hill way of life.
"Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!"
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