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Operating Systems: How Painful To Switch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Garcia Dec 29, 2009. 35 Replies


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At 9:51am on November 9, 2009, Eric E. Silvern said…
what system has to be purchased? Is nComputing, NIng. I have no budget to buy anything including paper clips and staples. I'm in the inner city of Los Angeles.
At 9:49am on November 9, 2009, Eric E. Silvern said…
Hi Charles,
Thanks for replying did you just have students create gmail. Or did you do it with google apps and a domain name.
I would like to use google apps, but I've heard it is really hard to add lists of student emails, some kind of difficult formula.
At 8:05pm on October 31, 2009, Joel Garcia said…

You are welcome to use my website for your demonstration. I can email you the password to the mathematics section. I don't want to list it here because it includes our textbook access information.

In regards to nComputing, I only have knowledge of what it is and that it is similar to what I am doing. In your situation where there is resistance to change, this might be a more palatable solution, since the system is purchased and there is support that comes along with the product. Schools and districts rely on a reliable support solution with their technology. I believe you can also use Windows or Linux as the primary operating system.

Gosh, this really sounds like a Linux terminal server setup kit with all the software and parts pre-configured to work out of the box. Whereas in LTSP you gather all the components yourself. Or, you can go to a site like this:

This site offers an LTSP solution that includes an out of the box system setup with an option to purchase support as well. Charles, there is so much you can do. Keep on exploring and have fun.
At 9:50pm on June 29, 2009, Mike said…
I think you made some good equipment decisions. You'll have some fun with that stuff. I highly recommend you do everything you can to get your school on google docs (education edition). We got it going at my school about 2 years ago and I can't imagine not having it. I've written pretty extensively about its use in the classroom on my blog. Check out the posts on google docs here.
At 8:09pm on December 31, 2008, Jack said…
Hi Charles!

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