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Re: What can I do with six new publicly available computers?

> Hi Mitja,
>> The situation is like this. I migrated to Linux half a year ago becouse
>> I was fed up with all the windows crap and now I'm a happy private user
>> of Debian.
> I have been there . I know exactly what we are talking about.
>>But I have roots in DOS era so it is not the first time I'm
>> facing command line.
> Good Start !! My guess is you will probably need 6 months and a couple of
> books to go from beginner to intermediate. May I suggest 5 Literatures ?
> 1) Manpages, Info, /usr/share/doc ;-)
> 2) http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/ had 3-4 PDFs as downloads each 5$
> which I believe was very reasonable, You could print that stuff. I was
> about to include a link, but the side changed  as he published a book
> (which is also very good).
> Basically all the stuff is online readable for free if you dont mind
> digging in the homepage (its right now not so obvious - start with "Linux
> networking", you will find your way through)
> 3) Linux Quick fix Notebook (Peter Harrison) (based on Fedora)
> 4) Moving to the Linux Business Desktop (Marcel Gagne) (based on Mandrake)
> 5) http://www.debian.org/doc/ has LOTS of info. I did print the admin
> manual for myself but I have to warn you it is huge !!, you may not
> require it, its all online.
> 3 and 4) are general books and the command usage is the same on debian,
> well 80%
> That should smooth the start a bit the first 3 -6 months.
> ---
> - About the webproxy: You wont necessarily need a webproxy, but if you get
> billed for the internet usage by MB that might help you to keep the bill a
> bit lower ;-) and it will seem faster for the clients if the homepage is
> in the cache.
> The machines spec which you mentioned is obviously not as bad as I thought
> first.
> If you want to support more users I suggest you make something like thin
> clients (those can be 3-4 years old machines) which they originally wanted
> to throw away somewhere.
> Those machines will be perfectly o.k to boot as thin client or from cd
> (Knoppix) and wont even require a harddisk if the user doesnt want to save
> any data and just use the internet. (That will keep the costs down too ;-)
> Sure wont be the fastest, buts thats another story, for internet access
> that should be o.k. If the currency breaks, you start it up again within
> minutes, almost no maintenance required. (except the proxy settings)
> I am not sure how much memory you will need to edit Videos but I would
> guess it should be 1GB -2GB depending on the resolution & filesize you
> will use, and the editing speed you can be satisfied with ;-).
> Does that help you in anyway as a first aid kit ? ;-)
> Any other questions ?
> Best regards
> Nils Valentin
> Tokyo /Japan
> http://www.be-known-online.com

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