Edubuntu Update Part 2

I have now had the Edubuntu Stations up for a week. So far, patrons seem to be very pleased about the new stations. Some patrons are even seeking them out over the windows machines because the applications, including Firefox, open so much faster. I have done a little bit of tweaking to make the machines easier for the public and staff to handle.

  1. I configured Open Office to save files in Microsoft formats by default…. I know … I can I hear the Open Source purists loading their firearms now….. but believe me, as a practical measure for our public…..this is necessary.
  2. With the help of the kind folks on the edubuntu-users list, I configured the server to auto-login the thin clients. We no longer need to put in a user name and password for each client…. just turn them on and they automatically boot into the user account specified by mac address in the /opt/ltsp/i386/etc/lts.conf file. To do this I had to download a replacement for /opt/ltsp/i386/usr/sbin/ldm. That replacement can be found here. I also had to put in some code like this in the lts.conf file:
  3. [00:08:A1:55:F1:A3]
    LDM_USERNAME = patron1
    LDM_PASSWORD = pasword

  4. I am still working on setting up some sort of “Deep Freeze” like solution for restoring the public user accounts to a clean state each time they log in. I have been trying to adapt this method to Edubuntu. I have posted my problems adapting it to Edubuntu here.

I will keep plugging away to make this system the best that it can be. I already feel that it is a success, and I believe that it will only get better as more librarians start tinkering with it, and share the tips and tricks that they find. It is one of the beauties of the Open Source movement, and of librarians.

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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