[CentOS] RE: School Server Setup-Summary

Harry Sukumar hsukumar at bond.edu.au
Thu Jun 12 01:16:22 UTC 2008

Dear All,


Thank you very much to every one on the list for the sincere suggestion
and recommendations


I have received amazing response from all; I will try to recap 


a)     Use CentOS for server infrastructure and fedora 8 on the

b)     Use K12ltsp-terminal server and all the client machines as thin

c)      Use CentOS as Server and Ubuntu as client OS

d)     Use RHEL on the server ( NO RHEL NO CENTOS)

e)     Use SME from Contribs.org for server and ubuntu for clients

f)      Use Scientific Linux (binary compatibility with RHEL) for Server

g)     Clarkconnect for server side and Ubuntu or FC on client side

h)     Use IPcop as firewall 


Although ClarkConnect, SME are based on RHEL, I have decided not to go
on that path because of lack of large community behind them + Vendor


With K12ltsp- sounds very nice but I don't have a large and grunty
server I have to make the workstation as server, probably a good option
if I had a powerful server :-(


With serious consideration I have decided to go with suggestion a) Use
CentOS for server infrastructure and Fedora 8 on workstation and have
old machine running IPCop as firewall


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, this mailing
list is by far the best I have ever seen, I would like to specially
thank Ian Blackwell for offering more support and help; 


I will keep you updated on this project, I am sure there will be a lot
of question and problem that will raise and conjure from this project


Once again thank you all for the help and effort 




Harry Sukumar








From: Harry Sukumar 
Sent: Tuesday, 10 June 2008 3:04 PM
To: 'centos at centos.org'
Subject: School Server Setup


Hello All!!!


I was wondering if you can help me little bit.... 


I am trying to help (voluntary service) a country side school
(Aboriginal community) in Northern Queensland Australia setup lab
infrastructure, it's a very remote school and they don't have enough
funds to go commercial


The school has only till grade 6 


They have 25 machines that was bought out of the government grant but
none of the machines come with windows 


I was asked by the school president to setup lab infrastructure
currently they have Internet (Dynamic) with only two machines connected 


I have asked them to change the plan to Static IP address which I
presume will be done some time this week 


I have decided to go Linux on all the machines including the server


Could some one please cast some light on how I can carry on with this
project, I am not sure where to start and I am fairly new to Linux and
system administration world


Currently what's in my mind is to setup fedora on all desktop and
CentOS5 as my server with following services configured 


Proxy-squid (all the traffic to pass through)






Squirrel mail 






I am not sure where to start with this project


Your help will be highly appreciated by the little kids who have never
even touched a computer before in there life!!!




Many Thanks 






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