Edubuntu Library Update

edubuntu

So here is where things stand with the Edubuntu project at the Cass District Library. I purchased a server from a local computer shop. Here are the specs:

  • ATX 611 Case Black
  • Intel® Desktop Board DG965RY
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
  • 2GB DDR2 667 Mhz
  • 250GB SATA2 WD HDD
  • 1.44Floppy Black
  • 16x Liteon DVD-ROM – Black

The server cost me about $700.00. I also purchased an 8 port switch for about $30.00. I was going to try to get PXE boot NIC cards, but to save money, I opted to use rom-o-matic to get my current NICs to boot to the LAN. I managed to scrounge together six computers to use as terminals. These along with the two I have running as a test will give me a total of eight terminals. This will more than double our total number of Public Access Computers. I have them ready to go. On the server, I installed Edubuntu-server and the server add-ons. I created user accounts and locked down menus using Sabayon. I did run into this problem, but fixed it using the advice given. I have installed java and flash, and have made sure that flash sound is working. This issue is covered in the FAQ’s. I have a quote for a new data pole, and there are outlets in the floor, so once the pole is in, I should be ready to put these babies out for the public. We have some old study carols which we will use to house the adult stations, and we have a short round table for the kid’s stations. Our maintenance man has drilled a hole in the table for us to run cables through. I am very anxious to get these stations out. I will keep everyone updated as to progress on the project. When I am finished, I also plan to put together a step by step how-to for other librarians to use.

About ashkev

The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.
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