How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

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How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by bigbrovar » Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:48 am

***Originally posted on Ubuntu Forum .. thought i should share it with u guys ***



In the Beginning

First i missed my one year anniversary on Ubuntu which was on july 5th 2008 ..its funny how i came to start using Linux .. cus my journey started in a flame war btw me and some "Linux Geeks" in the biggest online forum for Nigerians http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria?top...262#msg1188262 ( i was such a witch back then ) i was supporting windows vista .. u know i have never used anything other than windows so i tot it was the best that computer can be .one thing that touched me was the continuous use of .. "open source" , "free",(not the price free) and "community" by the linux guys .. this concept were alien to me but they sounded good and i have always wanted an OS where the community matters .. i didnt get that with windows and i thought that was how god made things to be .. so i MP one of the Linux guys apologized for being a jerk .. and asked him how i could install Linux .. if it had a GUI, if i could play music and use it like a general average user uses is computer without running geeky commands .. and he said yes and recommended i try Ubuntu .. so my journey began .. but it wasn't an easy one .. i had to download the Ubuntu DVD.. (yeah i know i could have gone for the cd version but i wanted something big that wont require me to use the net too often) anyway it took me a week to download the 4gb dvd on my 10kbs modem.. b4 then i searched the web like i have never done before .. from blog to blog looking for how to dual boot and use Ubuntu .. i met many pple who told me that it was save and it wont kidnap me or my family. so

The BiG Change

mid night July 5 2007 .. the last bits of feisty fawn was downloaded .. it was i cold raining night .. so i grabbed a coffee .. went down to the closest thing to a basement in my house.. the it started .. i followed the guide to a T .. Gave Ubuntu 17gb out of my 160gb .. .. rebooted .. checked that windows was ok .. rebooted logged into Ubuntu .. and was greeted a splash and the welcoming sounds or feisty fawn .. for the first time in my life i was in a Desktop other than windows .. with the help of Adewale.. my former enemy now a comrade .. i setup Ubuntu for everything i needed .. with time i could do everything i did on windows on Ubuntu .. and because i used less and less of windows .. the vista partition started shrinking from 17gb-ubuntu - 45gb vista rest storage ... it became 50gb-Ubuntu vista 20gb rest storage .. now its 50gb-ubuntu vista 0 rest storage

Giving to the Community
ever since coming to Ubuntu i have always wanted to be more than just a user .. i wanted to give back to the community and since am not a programmer or an artist and am always broke and cant donate .. i decided to with the help of Adewale form ubuntunigeria.wordpress.com an Ubuntu loco that with the aim of promoting the value of open source and letting pple know that there is life outside windows .. to press home our point we got involved with many flame war in nairaland (the same forum where i was converted) and we objectively made the windows fan boys understand that Linux has moved from the bad old days of redhat and slax (no insult intended) .. we posted screenhots and and guides and howtos .. we left our numbers in the blog to offer support.. to bypass the lack of internet for most pple in Nigeria .. i made aptondvds that has almost everything that a new user would ever want .. we also used Ubuntu ultimate distro ..with is a wonderful distro for new users .. with time the calls started coming in .. people from all over Nigeria wanted to know more about ubuntu .. or get involved with our user group .. to make things easy we took in users from the different regions in Nigeria .. and we armed them with Ubuntu cds and aptondvds .. and if anybody request for an ubuntu cd ..we just directed him to the closest ubuntu Nigeria member to him .. so far the success has been quite modest .. i have been able to physically install and configure Ubuntu for more than 50 pple in Lagos alone .. not to talk about pple that we have influenced to make a switch .. for a country of 150 million pple that is tiny .. but remember to everyone that has changed .. it makes a different to them and we are a tiny group .. but we are highly motivated and passionate about what we do ...

Payback Time

it started with call .. a certain Andy was having problems setting up dailup on his ubuntu box .. from his ascent i knew he wasnt Nigerian .he tried the guide i posted in the Ubuntu Nigeria Blog but it didn't quite work.. and he called the number i left by the guide in case anyone had problems following the guide .. we went over the problem and got it fixed ..
next thing he send me an sms about job offers for linux geek in Abuja .. and he wanted me to come over for an interview .. i told him i dont have any certification in Linux and he said F that ...i asked the community for tips and the responses were awesome .. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=821616
he paid my flight to abuja and the interview was has smooth as butter ..
the next day was giving the job .. at AUST Afican University of Science and Technology .. its a new University which is backed by the world bank .. the aim is to build a world class university that would build the next generation of African Scientist .. the schools uses only open tools and my job was to deploy Ubuntu on all their systems and laptops for the students .. their job was to provide me with free accommodation with all the convinces ,free food,free laptop,free desktop... plus i get to use the gym,swimming pool,tennis court if i want to... the internet is also free i control it BTW... all this for a guy who start using ubuntu last year and who has formal IT qualification i read law in school .. but there liked my passion and the fact that i have a very good knowledge of the linux desktop ..

THE AUST CHALLENGE
TO make things easy we setup system imager which i used to build a customized ubuntu containing the very best of open source science tools that i got from research online ... we mounted the home directory of all the users on an Ubuntu fileserver using NFS and ldap was used for authentication ...
i took the students on how to use ubuntu .. and in the first few days things were rough but .. now must are pretty cool with it and are having it smooth ..

How to Help
Any tips on how to effectively manage an Educational Institution .. would do

Thanks

My Biggest Thanks goes to Afolabi Adewale he was instrumental in making me what iam today .. he helped me a lot made my transition not as rocky as it would have been if i did it alone .. i cant thank u enough

Man2fish we started Ubuntu almost at the same time .. he installed Ubuntu b4 me and told me that the coast was clear and he had not yet dead .. we are still good friends till this day ..

SupaSonic
my very good friend he encouraged me to take the job when i was afraid i might now be good enough .. we also helps me sort out some issues i have with ubuntu ..

barbedsaber
he is my best friend in the forums .. he has been a good friend of Ubuntu NIgeria and helped me edit some of my post they .. u awesome mehn for being a good friend .. thanks

and most of all to all the devs and the community who without u i wont be where i am today .. u have brought meaning to my life .. at a time when things were really down for me .. i promise to always support the open source course in everything i do ...

some pics

Son of a visiting Prof checking out Ubuntu (first time he has ever heard of it

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Visting Java Prof

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Computer Lab 2
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Systemimager
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Computer Lab 1
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Computer Lab 1
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Mandela Hall AUST
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An AUST Student

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by rowinggolfer » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:32 am

Awesome post.
Simply Awesome.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by thenixedreport » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:15 am

Thanks for posting the story. It was a very inspiring. :D

It's amazing how we can come together with technology such as this. We need to hear more and more about success stories like this.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by allix » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:56 am

Great news, Its information like this that is helping the course not the crust that FSF have being doing with the iphone on defective by design.
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Working as a team produces better results
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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by LinuxMint-4 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:49 am

Great post.
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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by dann » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:15 pm

I liked the post so much I hope you don't mind I made it sticky. I would love to see more posts or replies to this post with such stories.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by eddie » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:57 am

We were able to use k12ltsp and save a boatload on hardware. I will put a better picture up later. Here are three diskless pxeboot compaq t30's being used as part of a set of thin clients connected to a 800 mhz amd server box running k12ltsp NO software was required to be loaded on the thin clients. Each user can choose their own desktop (gnome, kde 3.x, or xfce). Neato! I would love to see how mythtv might work with these units.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by mowestusa » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:21 pm

[quote="eddie"]We were able to use k12ltsp and save a boatload on hardware. I will put a better picture up later. Here are three diskless pxeboot compaq t30's being used as part of a set of thin clients connected to a 800 mhz amd server box running k12ltsp NO software was required to be loaded on the thin clients. Each user can choose their own desktop (gnome, kde 3.x, or xfce). Neato! I would love to see how mythtv might work with these units.

Eddie,
This is really cool. Can you seriously run the thin clients (3 at the same time) off of an 800mhz server with KDE or Gnome? The reason I ask is because I'm at a small school with 7 workstations, but we have a computer with more horse power (2.0Ghz with 1 gig of ram). I have lots of old desktops that we could probably use as thin clients. What would it take to run 7 workstations? We have them all connected right now with 100mbit Ethernet for internet access. What did you use for the distro, and any hints you would like to share with me to make this work for teachers with little to no computer background?

The reason I ask, is because I heard of another k12ltsp set up and the administrator said that the server was getting bogged down with (I think) 12 computers and a big server with 4 gigs of ram and 2.6 multicore processor.
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Post by eddie » Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:59 pm

k12ltsp is what I use and it is a red hat fedora specialized distro. There is a new test "live" version that runs on fedora 9 that will boot from usb (or cd) to test your network. (http://wtogami.livejournal.com/27610.html). I have not used it yet, I have used the edubuntu and it was slow as xmas so I went back to k12ltsp.
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Clients can run any installed desktop. I think I had three different desktops in use for the picture, I would recommend as much ram as possible. At least 2 gig for sure. I am running with 512 but I know there are swaps on occasion. Supposedly the latest version is supposed to be more memory efficient but do not quote me on it. The old rule was a base of 256 meg ram plus 64meg for each workstation. 128 to 256 meg would probably do better, I run my server pretty stripped down. Web and all the other services are on a different system (450mhz p2 with 384 meg ram). If you run a zillion programs at a time, any standalone system will get bogged down also. If your old machines only have 10 meg nics or the switch is only 10 meg, you will have a problem. I would not use 1 g nics unless the server has a 10g nic and 10g switch. I have one thin client that is 10meg and I usually leave it off except for admin work. because it seems slow. That is not the fault of the server. If your client machines have pci, definately use 10/100 cards, Fry's has them on sale for 2 bucks on occasion. Even if the cards do not support pxeboot, you can do a floppy boot using etherboot. One other neat thing is that the server supports new world macs as diskless thin clients. I have used diskless ppc based g3's as clients via netboot. it looks really weird but just works. I do recommend using usb pc keyboards in stead of the mac keyboards though. With vnc and rdesktop you can remote access a windows terminal server and or an apple server. You could have linux, mac, and windows os all on the client screen at the same time. I have blown a couple of people minds doing that when I was using pI/IIs as thin clients. Hope that helps in some small way.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by Brian » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:48 pm

Linux gave me an understanding of not only how operating systems work, but how they're supposed to work.

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Re: How Linux Greatly Changed my Life

Post by eddie » Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:38 pm

mowestusa wrote:
eddie wrote:We were able to use k12ltsp and save a boatload on hardware. I will put a better picture up later. Here are three diskless pxeboot compaq t30's being used as part of a set of thin clients connected to a 800 mhz amd server box running k12ltsp NO software was required to be loaded on the thin clients. Each user can choose their own desktop (gnome, kde 3.x, or xfce). Neato! I would love to see how mythtv might work with these units.

Eddie,
This is really cool. Can you seriously run the thin clients (3 at the same time) off of an 800mhz server with KDE or Gnome? The reason I ask is because I'm at a small school with 7 workstations, but we have a computer with more horse power (2.0Ghz with 1 gig of ram). I have lots of old desktops that we could probably use as thin clients. What would it take to run 7 workstations? We have them all connected right now with 100mbit Ethernet for internet access. What did you use for the distro, and any hints you would like to share with me to make this work for teachers with little to no computer background?

The reason I ask, is because I heard of another k12ltsp set up and the administrator said that the server was getting bogged down with (I think) 12 computers and a big server with 4 gigs of ram and 2.6 multicore processor.
Update: The latest LTSP will not support those older thin clients. But you can run both the old ltsp and the new ltsp on the same box from what I am told. In any case here is another thin client project I worked on several years back: http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-T ... ian-linux/.

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