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Quick intro to Lagertha

** UPDATED June 29, 2016** I made a quick video of the progress being made :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfLY0I6xXkc In Search of a Leader If you've read any of my past articles, you may have noticed how the Linux deployment I look after has been steadily growing (Now up to 850 machines!)…

Building the Perfect Education Cart Laptop

Building the Perfect Education Cart Laptop Background If you work in a school district like me, you likely have rolling carts full of laptops. In 2007, here in Pennsylvania, the state created a grant program called Classrooms of the Future. Selected schools were awarded grant money to purchase educational technology…

Imaging with FOG

  This article was featured on OpenSource.com!   In the world of IT, keeping a consistent experience across your machines is essential. Imaging, also called Disk Cloning, is a process of copying the contents of a hard drive onto another. IT professionals create what's often called a "gold image" with…

West Branch Open Source in 2016

This past week I gave a brief presentation to our Technology Committee on how we can take advantage of Open Source to further improve our district technology.   The presentation is broken into three main proposals: - A large shift to Linux on student laptops. - Building and integrating a Moodle LMS Server.…

1:1 Ubuntu Initiative Pt. 4

Pt. 4 Deployment Day   The Handout On March 23rd, 2015 we officially began our Linux Laptop Program. We spent around 30 minutes handing out the devices, getting the kids their sleeve cases and giving a brief tutorial on laptop hardware and Ubuntu. Overall, the process went very smoothly and soon the…

1:1 Ubuntu Initiative Pt. 3

Pt. 3 Preparation and Imaging   Soon, we had a pallet full of lovely new Lenovo boxes waiting on our door step: [caption id="attachment_309" align="aligncenter" width="2324"] Christmas came early this year.[/caption]   After unboxing all 90 laptops, we labeled, scanned and inventoried each and every device.   Creating the Master Image…

1:1 Ubuntu Initiative Pt. 2

Pt. 2 The Hunt for the Perfect Laptop With our Operating System chosen, we moved onto finding the perfect device. We knew it needed the  following: A rugged design. These things will be in the hands of high school kids over multiple years. Hardware that plays nice with Linux. Hardware support…

1:1 Ubuntu Initiative Pt. 1

Ubuntu Linux 1:1 Initiative   Pt. 1 The Challenge In the Summer of 2014, my coworker and I were given the task of starting a Student 1:1 program. For those who don't know what a 1:1 is, it's the idea that each student is allocated one device to use in their…

Surveyors Database

In one of my IT courses in college we were asked to create a database program for a real business. I immediately thought of my father-in-law who works for a small surveying company nearby. The guys at Curry and Associates were using a very antiquated DOS like program to house…