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Old 01-12-2007, 06:48 AM   #1
Lord_Batman
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Recycling several PCs and servers at once


Hello

My company is writting off some old hardware. I have on my hands a dozen of Compaq PC (PII, 128Mb RAM, 6Gb HDD), and a couple of HP servers (PIII, 256Mb RAM, several raidable hard-disks from 8Gb to 18Gb each).

I got DSL or Xubuntu to run on the Compaq, but I was hoping to set up a little network, using one or more servers, to eventually donate to a school.
I tried Edubuntu, but it won't run on the workstations.

Could I set up the Compaq as some kind of dumb-terminals to access the more capable servers?
Ideally, I'm looking for a French-capable system (I'm in France), with enough things on it to keep little school-kids and their teacher busy.

I'm a Linux newbie (obviously). Any suggestions and links would be most appreciated.

Many thanks

Lord Batman
 
Old 01-12-2007, 08:29 AM   #2
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You might want to check http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu
Since that is designed for educational purposes you don't need to worry about licensing issues.
Also have a look for more options http://www.schoolforge.org.uk/index...._for_Education

Don't know about the hardware - should work as long as you don't overdo it with big apps.You could try to add some RAM from machines to other ones and see what that does.
 
Old 01-15-2007, 06:44 AM   #3
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Thanks. I'll give DebianEdu a try and see how it runs on my old workstations.
The ram slots are maxed out in those Compaq though (2x64Mb chip), so I can't upgrade their capability. Is there any easy way I can configure the workstations to act as 'dumb terminal' (some kind of graphical relay) for a central 'educational' server?
 
Old 01-15-2007, 09:48 AM   #4
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There is a lot of info at google about thin clients but you'd need a server and I doubt that the HP's you got would do any good there.
I'd try fvwm or something like that as a window manager.Years back I had kde running on a 128mb machine but that lighter back then.
 
  


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