Ubuntu In Primary Schools – Part II

The Ubuntu installation in my wife’s primary school is doing well so far. We hit a lot of scepticism initially, the local paper even reported that the PCs “only run Linux”. In daily work (mainly Firefox and OpenOffice Writer) everything works fine.

The main complaint was that the school couldn’t use their Windows based learning software anymore. WINE might be a solution to this, so far I have installed software by Oriolus and Pusteblume successfully.

Another complaint arrived yesterday, when the headmistress tried to work on OpenOffice documents in Microsoft Word and couldn’t read them – easily remedied by changing the default save file format to Microsoft Word.

I also set up one PC as a server, sharing a folder via SMB. Two questions around this:
– where do I configure that sharing independently from the logged on user?
– how do I set access permissions – right now any client PC can copy/delete files, but the locally logged in user can’t (nouser.nogroup)

Same crap with USB drives: they mount nicely, but creating folders on the stick and managing access rights across multiple PCs is a nightmare. Is there an easy way to do that properly?

The schools internet connection isn’t too fast. Is there an easy way to upgrade Ubuntu from 6.06 to 7.10 without destryoing all the users home directories? Or would I be better off putting home drives on separate partitions and simply re-installing?

Any help appreciated.

3 thoughts on “Ubuntu In Primary Schools – Part II

  1. How are you doing your network password
    database? Are you using LDAP, or what?

    (If you’re not using one, I guess
    you just want to remove all access
    control, and go for maximum convenience?
    That sounds dangerous,
    but it might be the only easy thing
    to do until Ubuntu gets a little
    bit better at making network passwords
    easy.)

    If you have wine problems, be sure to
    bring them up on the wine-users
    mailing list. We’d love to help.

  2. How are you doing your network password
    database? Are you using LDAP, or what?

    (If you’re not using one, I guess
    you just want to remove all access
    control, and go for maximum convenience?
    That sounds dangerous,
    but it might be the only easy thing
    to do until Ubuntu gets a little
    bit better at making network passwords
    easy.)

    If you have wine problems, be sure to
    bring them up on the wine-users
    mailing list. We’d love to help.

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