Windows computers in the midst of Edubuntu Network
jerickson at logicalnetworking.net
Wed Sep 3 17:48:29 BST 2008
I concur re: Shockwave. LTSP + Shockwave/CXOffice = no workie very well.
I had this issue last year when I was testing out a simple Shockwave
site in an LTSP lab of ~35 clients - even 2 running at the same time was
very unstable, and the CXOffice people even told me they would be
surprised if I gave up on the venture. Shockwave Director just isn't fit
for thin-client use, it seems. Flash is making great headway in Linux,
but still could use some improvement to be up to par with their Windows
plugin - but testing 35 simultaneous systems on Flash intensive sites
*did* hog the server CPU - but was actually usable. I would recommend
using standalone workstations for Shockwave use for sure, just based on
my own experience.
Hope that helps a bit, even if just for that one question.
Krsnendu dasa wrote:
> I have managed to keep our student network Windows free for a few
> years now, but there are a few programs that have come back to haunt
> me and now I have been requested to install some standalone windows
> desktops. (Just 3 for now.)
> They are Shockwave based programs produced by the New Zealand Ministry
> of Education. I have installed them under Crossover Linux but there
> are some delays and stuttering problems that make the performance
> unsatisfactory (even directly on the server it seems.)
> There is also a need for standalone workstation for multimedia
> purposes, (Audigy, MovieMaker etc.)
> Enough preamble. Basically, I am looking for the easiest way to deploy
> these machines. I have 3 identical P4 1.8 GHz 256GbRAM machines. (I am
> hoping we can soon convert them to Linux workstations (or low fat
> To keep things simple there will be one login per machine. There is no
> need for user authentication or to mount home directories.
> I remember previously that I made image copies and copied them through
> the network to other machines. I forget the name of the program.
> Is there any alternative, like using a virtual machine for example.
> Also how do you set up the machines so they dual boot, 1. ltsp client
> (default) / 2. Windoze XP.
> Sorry for being wordy. My wife was talking as I was typing and I
> couldn't fully concentrate.
> Krsnendu dasa
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