[sf-lug] Creating a Linux Lab

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Jul 2 13:31:35 PDT 2007

Tom Haddon wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-07-02 at 10:07 -0700, Sameer Verma wrote:
>>>> --
>>>> jt
>> We have a similar setup (Edubuntu LTSP) at SF State that we have been 
>> testing for some time now. I'm planning on a demo/presentation in the 
>> next two weeks or so. If there is any interest, I'll open it up to 
>> SF-LUG as well.
> Hi Sameer,
> Would definitely be interested in the demo/presentation.
> I think the plan may be to get something in place a little sooner than
> that (it's looking like the first stages of this project may begin this
> weekend). That being the case, would it be possible to share a few
> details with us on the list?
> - Overall how successful has it been and would you recommend it as an
> option for others (i.e. us)?
> - How many clients do to you connecting to the Server?
> - What are the specs of the Server? Do you have any recommendation for
> what specs of a Server we'd need for 10 clients?
> - Any other major gotchas not covered in the article?
> Thanks, Tom
The server we have is a P4 3GHz with 1GB RAM. Some apps like video will 
use up the server processing, while others such as OOo spike the RAM 
usage the first time, but not for n+1 instances of the application. 
RAM+Proc profile varies based on use.We've run the lab with 12 machines 
(all simultaneously using the same apps) with no problem. The switch 
needs to be 100mbps. Hubs and 10mbps switches are not recommended. The 
client side machines can be PII with 64MB RAM (min).

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