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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

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

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