Promoting Linux – Stepping It Up

This Sunday (Feb. 21st, 2010), marks the grand opening of the Linux Computer Lab for Westminster United Church in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.

Instead of just saying, “Here it is…”, I have (with the help of the AVIT department) “pulled out all the stops” for this Computer lab opening. Here are the items included in this Computer Lab opening:

  1. A presentation at the beginning of the church service to encourage the members to visit the lab after the service has completed.
  2. A continually running slide show after church service explaining purpose of computer lab.
  3. Computer Lab open to the public. Each of the 7 workstations logged into a different “demonstration” account to show “what can be done”. People are encouraged to “play” and “have fun”.
  4. Posters advertising open source applications for each type of demonstration account. All posters created with open source software (by me!). Pardon the pun, but I like to “practice what I preach“…
  5. A WIKI discussing the facts and benefits of the Computer Lab.

Here is a link to that WIKI:

Enjoy Westminster 🙂
Murray Saul


~ by Murray Saul on February 19, 2010.

3 Responses to “Promoting Linux – Stepping It Up”

  1. Hi Murray,

    I just checked this out, very cool setup. It’s interesting you used thin clients, we used that at a securities company i worked for that was actually running the server out of Cork, Ireland!!!! imagine the latency!

    Here’s a link to the Sun Micro… hardware the company used:

    I’m curious, how is the boot up speed from the clients in the Westminister lab?
    How is the latency for GUI applications like OpenOffice?

    Good show.


    • Boot up time for thin clients is approx 30 – seconds to session manager login…

      The latency time is reduced dramatically if you setup the system to run applications via memory cache (i.e. ltsp-apps approach). For example, trying to run a game like ExtremeTuxRacer would be useless via LTSP system via the network, but when running via thin client’s cache memory, it works very well!

      I will discuss the steps on how to do this in a future Blog post…


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