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Linux Journal: School Laboratory Management Blues

Mar 06, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Cimafranca)

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"One of the main challenges in running a school computer laboratory is managing the software running on the different PCs allocated for use by students. System administrators face various scenarios, all stemming from the nature of a learning environment in which users all have superuser access to their machines. For example:

  • "Essential system programs might be inadvertently or maliciously deleted, thus bringing down an application or the operating system itself; or
  • "Installation of new applications might necessitate a change in some system libraries, thereby creating conflict with existing applications; or
  • "Classes that require scratch installations of an operating system may disrupt subsequent classes dealing with databases or web servers..."

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