In showing your our setup, we hope to let you know what can be done with open source opportunities especially for small or home schools. For example we also have a thin client lab for on-site instruction. If you look at the top of the page you can see one section of the thin client lab. No need for traditional desktops to be used. We do have a third server which does the heavy lifting for the thin clients called K12LTSP. K12LTSP has been around for quite a few years now. You can get more information at Main LTSP or at K12LTSP Site. Basically it is a terminal server that feeds the thin clients everything they need including the operating system. The thin clients have no drives, but students can use usb drives for personal storage. With no drives there is virtually no sneaker support required. All applications and other software are loaded and managed on the server. No computers to image or update excepting the one server.

Having said that we use a lot of web based applications so they do not have to be installed on the ltsp server. We can use a less powerful ltsp server to do more. For the business classes we have openoffice, dia, scibus, qcad and several other programs to use from the ltsp server. We also teach from the web server bookkeeping with ledgersmb (networked based accounting) and use openemr (medical practice software for helping someone become familiar with a doctor’s office records. For the computing classes, we have several emulators that are web based for such things as python programming and other real time tools. We have the sylabus and other class materials right on the server for students to read. Policies and other documents are available also. For staff use we have web based mail system, personnel records, accounting, Weboffice tools, network based printing and much much more.

One area we are working on is setting up a server for remote access for the students and staff. They will still be able to do the same things at home as in the lab. Users will need to have reasonably up to date remote clients and or web browsers though. We have succesfully worked the remote connection with machines as old as an Intel pentium II when properly setup. We even have live interactive lectures via audio and video is on the way. There is no end to the possibilities. Starting with the next post we will be getting back to the techie stuff again. We just wanted to give all a quick look at what we are about.

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