LTSP Machine Recommendation - 64 vs. 32 bit, etc.
Daniel J. Summers
daniel at djs-consulting.com
Sun Oct 15 14:10:17 BST 2006
I'm working with a new school start-up, and have run across edubuntu. I
downloaded the Live CD version, and boy am I impressed! :) Also, about
5 months ago, I had run across the LTSP, and really liked that concept.
When I found that edubuntu comes with LTSP, that has me really wanting
to get this to work. However, I do want to make sure that the proposed
structure I come up with will serve the school's needs, and provide for
a little room for growth as well. They have 3 Pentium II machines that
have been donated, and one of them has had W2K loaded on it. The
performance is less than stellar... and that's being very generous.
I also have tried to run Linux before on a 64-bit AMD processor. It
worked well, but there were some annoyances that I was willing to live
with, but the school probably doesn't want to. I've read about ubuntu's
out-of-the-box 32-bit apps working out-of-the-box on the 64-bit
architecture. How is this implemented, from the user end? Are there
shortcuts for Firefox 64-bit and Firefox 32-bit? Are apps like Firefox
only 32-bit, so that they'll support most of the plug-ins?
Along those lines - if one were choosing between a Core 2 Duo chip and
an AMD 64x2 chip, which would be better suited for the LTSP server? I'm
thinking that 1 GB of RAM would be sufficient for the box, and a fast
hard drive. Also, is there a good site to document modifying the
default user desktop? And finally, is there any way to try out
SchoolTool without installing edubuntu on a box, maybe a demo site or
Sorry for all the questions - like I said, I'm really thinking that this
is the way to go, but I want to make sure I have all the concerns
addressed so the folks at the school will be as impressed as I am. :)
Daniel J. Summers
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