News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 121 on 2 August 2002

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THIN CLIENT LINUX FOR SCHOOLS- IS THIS THE HOLY GRAIL FOR CHEAP EDUCATION COMPUTING?

2 August 2002

Delivering connected computers in Africa’s schools is harder than it looks. The question is how can you connect different systems with robust but cheap software. What system can deliver relatively low maintenance requirements and a high level of stability? Denis Brandjes of DireqLearn SA presents the argument for using a thin client, linux-based system   Earlier this year DireqLearn SA deployed its first DireqOpenLab solution at Pholosho Primary School in Alexandra, South Africa. DireqOpenLab is a thin-client, diskless computer centre solution, based on Linux Terminal Server technology.   The deployment followed eight months of intensive laboratory trials at the DireqLearn…