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Old 08-26-2004, 11:31 AM   #1
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Suggestions needed for a Desktop OS.

I work for a private school that has about 20+ very old pcs (low end p2-p3 with anywhere from 64-128 megs of ram). They currently run windows98 and windows95 and just CRAWL. As we start to rotate new pcs into the classrooms we're stuck with these old pcs. I want to convice them to use a linux desktop and get a little more life out of their boxes. However I have no clue what operating system to try. The requirements for a OS I'm look for are:

1) I would like it to be able to access a Active Directory listing. We have a win2k server with home directories for students and staff and that uses login scripts.

2) The pcs are basicly going to be used for Word Processing and Internet browing. The ability to use crossover would be a very nice feature for some things.

The school would be willing to pay license fees for the operating system provided it is less then a windows operating system license. I know more then likely I'm going to have to atleast bump the pcs up to 128 megs of ram. Does anyone have any suggestions on operating systems or would be willing to share expirences in using a Linux Desktop in a high school?

Old 08-26-2004, 11:40 AM   #2
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I would, for simplicity (I can't believe I'm saying this) use RedHat (Fedora Core).
This is the most commercial of the distros, IMHO.
You will be able to accomplish all of your tasks, from AD, to surfing, to word processing.
You can use samba to access your student shares...
Surfing is obvious....
Word processing, there is Open
However, the one thing that you would like to do, that I would refrain from, is CrossOverOffice.
Not only is it expensive, but it will crawl on those machines.
I installed it to a 866Mhz/128MB box, and it took forever for the simplest of things.
On my P4 box, it hauls ass.
Best of all - Linux is free - no license worries.....

Personally, I have to also throw out the possibility of using Slackware.
If you have any UNIX knowledge, as an admin, you'll be fine.

Good luck!!!

Fedora Core
Old 08-26-2004, 12:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. Fendora I'm not too hot on. Is it even considered stable enough to use as a desktop os in a business or a school? I would want a os that would let people login based off activedirectory. Would samba be able to do that? Crossover would be nice however its not a major requirement..just a cool thing if it could work :P I've had expirence w/ Slackware from the command line but not w/ xwindows. The only expirence I have had with anything gui has been SuSE which there is no chance will run on these boxes :P
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The nice thing about that equipment is that its what a lot of people still have around (I have a P-III 450 and 700 and am using a Duron 800 to type this on). There's a good chance that all the hardware will be supported. Xandros might be your ticket to meshing easily with the Windows stuff. They allow a "public" download now, so you can "try before you buy" and see what's up. If having Crossover installed by default, I can suggest from experience, that Debian would be an excellent choice, as its easy to admin and it runs well on anything above a P-200 (I have had a p-133 running KDE with Deb). Mandrake might be a choice for you as well. Its fast and has a large repository of apps. (The Slack suggestions is good too, if you're going for speed).

Try Abiword for wordprocessing if you don't want to install OOo


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