Ramblings of a Digital Educator

November 1, 2007

Great news! Local Applications on Edubuntu thin-clients!

Filed under: General Blogging — dtrask @ 5:13 pm

Hey everyone!  History has been made at UDS Boston!  Last night, Halloween, four developers holed up in a room in the Hotel@MIT and hacked away on what would become a working version of local apps running on an Edubuntu thin-client!  This is VERY big news.  Normally in a thin-client environment, the applications all run on the server.  This is fine except when you have a whole lab of kids using Firefox and Flash to access an educational web site or to (*gasp*) play games.  What about YouTube?  Well, with local apps you take advantage of some of the processing power on the thin-client itself (which largely goes unused).  In essence we simply ask a particular application to run on the thin-client rather than the server.  This will be something that can be defined for individual thin-clients or groups of thin-clients.  As schools already have or possibly may purchase more powerful thin-clients, the choice to be able to run some applications such as firefox may become more desirable.  Right at this moment I am watching a very smooth video running locally in Firefox on a thin-client.  Normally it runs quite choppy on a thin-client, but when running locally it’s very smooth just like running it on a desktop or laptop.  I just tried an educational subscription site called BrainPOP…the flash movies ran very well.  I’m excited about this new development…it will revolutionize the whole Linux  thin-client industry.  It still has a ways to go before it’s fully implemented, but  it won’t be long!  Look for local apps on LTSP coming to a server near you!

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  1. Very interested in this tech, setting up a mongrel LTSP network in Augusta. Would like to get to know you and perhaps assist with your projects. ɯoɔ˙ooɥɐʎ@ʇɐɔuooɔɯıɾ

    Comment by jimcooncat — November 2, 2007 @ 6:58 am | Reply

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