Planning for summer work/next school year

David Groos djgroos at
Sat Jun 4 03:45:02 UTC 2011

Thanks Gavin, LVM--not heard of this so I just read up a bit about it.
Looks doable and elegant but.. I'm not ready for 'one more thing' at this
moment :)  I've used clonezilla quite a bit and I've used that to
approximate a roll-back system.  Having some system with which to safely
experiment has proven important for me--several times I saved a lot of time
returning to a perfectly working image and doing something correctly the
second time (or avoiding it) than trying to troubleshoot/patch up something
and then wondering if I had a flawed system.

On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 4:23 AM, Gavin McCullagh <gmccullagh at>wrote:

> Hi,
> On Mon, 30 May 2011, David Groos wrote:
> > School year here in Minnesota is winding down, I'll take a bit of break,
> > then will be back to preparing the technology for the next school year.
> > I've had great success with 10.04 with localapps.  Next year I want to
> move
> > to Fat Clients.  I'm guessing I'm not alone in this.  My BIG QUESTION is,
> > which Edubuntu should I use: 10.04, 10.10 or 11.4?
> I can't speak about the LTSP aspect, but I've noticed some bugginess in
> Natty.  Gnome losing all settings (due to gconfd problem I suspect), I'm
> not at all a fan of the ubiquiti desktop either -- though you can choose
> classic view.
> I'd be a little cautious, that's all.  If the LTS release has everything
> you want, it's like to be a slightly cleaner experience for now.  12.04 is
> probably the next LTS release.
> One thing that might be nice that I never thought of before would be to run
> your LTS environment in LVM (the logical volume manager).  Assuming you had
> a modest amount of disk space free, you should be able to snapshot the
> volumes, then run the upgrade, test it for a while and roll back if you're
> not happy.  You should be able to do this several times over the summer and
> roll back each time.  You might want to snapshot the home dirs too, as
> programs may upgrade settings of users and then if you roll back, it may
> not know what to do with them.  If you're doing that, you need to warn
> users that they may get their home dir rolled back.
> Gavin
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