[nSLUG] classroom PC setup - looking for your thoughts

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 14:11:08 AST 2010

In this case, I would recommend using Wubi to install under Windows. Install
the Deepfreeze after the Ubuntu is installed. Any changes in linux should,
(I would think) be wiped off at reboot as it's part of the Windows


Michael Gillie

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Pat Gagnon <patgagnon at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Hello group, I’m hoping someone has already done this and can point me in
> the right direction.
> What I’m trying to do is setup PCs and laptops in the school where I
> volunteer so that they are back to original configuration after reboot.
> I know I can use software such as Deepfreeze and Microsoft SteadyState for
> Windows but the twist is that I want to offer a dual boot environment with
> Ubuntu (or maybe Edubuntu) and have the same reboot back to original
> config in the Linux environment.  Anyone know of a Linux equivalent to the
> Microsoft base software?  Prefer something with a GUI but not necessary.
> I want to give the kids as much freedom as possible on the workstations so
> they can really learn the OS’ and not always be restricted in what they
> can do (ie install/delete/modify anything within the sandbox).  Since the
> machine will be back to original state after a reboot, for the most part I
> don’t care what they do.  They store files on a network server but I still
> want to provide a partition for both OS’ in case network connectivity is
> not available or an issue (especially the laptops).  These 2 partitions,
> or maybe just one FAT/FAT32/NTFS for both???, will not be wiped on reboot.
> In case this matters for software choices: There are 3 accounts used on
> all machines which dictate server file access.  The file server is a Linux
> server running a software RAID1 drive array.
> Any help on where I start reading up on this type of setup would be much
> appreciated.
> Thanks.
> Pat
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Have a great day,

Michael C. Gillie

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