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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    I'm sorry but I don't have time for *nix because it is not only that has to learn about it. If I bring it into school then my staff and students also have to learn, which is obviously brought to them from me. Maybe in the future I should look into it, but at the moment I'm managing a network of 800 users, and ove 450 clients so I don't have time.

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    This sounds like a symptom of a deeper problem. It seems to me that you're overstretched and firefighting. Have you confronted your SMT about it and asked for extra staff?

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    unhelpful post

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    How many of you are there kerrymoralee9280?

    Other factors come into it like has been said recently on other threads - age of PCs, competancy of users/ teachers.

    I started here 5 years ago with 950 kids and 150 PCs/ 4 servers. Now we're well over the 300 mark and have just set on an extra tech as I was going under (literally!). Following my interests and as usual for us in this situation, I teach myself. Just so happens i've played a lot with *nix systems - i've enjoyed it a lot - great to be at the command line, just feel more in control!

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

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    This sounds like a symptom of a deeper problem. It seems to me that you're overstretched and firefighting. Have you confronted your SMT about it and asked for extra staff?
    I think you've hit the nail on the head Geoff. There are 2 of us now, but the second guy has been on the sick forever. We lost our network manager (to a new job) and they haven't bothered replacing him, or even bothered negotiating with us (they are just expecting us, and by us I mean me to do it).

    I have confronted the SMT, HT and the governors and wasn't getting anywhere. I thought about getting th union in but was offered a new job, with better pay and a completly better working environment so haven't bothered as I start there in a mere 2 weeks now.

    The new school give the impression that they want me to be the best I can be and they want to push the technology within school forward, so in a few months when I get settled, I might have time to be less ignorant to different technologies and actually have the time to learn.

    I think it's a case of me getting stressed out at my current job more than anything, and you may ask why when I'm leaving soon. I promised the other guy to do everything in my power to leave with a working network, but I guess that can go out the window.

    I'm sorry for having a rant, and I hope you guys are there for me when I finally turn to *nix.

    Cheers,

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    Well what a nightmare situation. At least your old place acknowledged the need for more staff, even tho' it's ended up understaffed.

    I guess that must be getting common:

    IT takeup > workload increases
    Existing staff more and more overworked
    Schools not recognising importance of IT, shy of meeting need & spending money
    IT techs go off on stress leave

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    Don't worry about the stressed out rant ... we've all been there (I didn't always have a horde of minions you know!).

    As a small suggestion you might consider downloading VMWare server and use that for playing around with when testing things. It will also give you a chance to play with *nix when you get round to it.

    If you are looking for an easy *nix based Moodle installation that you only have to follow a wizard I would consider the latest build of Karoshi, but if you are looking at WAMP then consider a VMWare machine running xampp to start with.

    This will then give you the flexibility to move to LEA based hosting if you want, or you will have a proof of concept setup that could help justify a dedicated box for it.

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    With me not knowing about *nix I don't think it would be wise to host the VLE on it, in case it went down and I didn't know what to do. I have already made three healthy installs on a Windows environment so I think that would be wisest (as I know about it).

    For the less important and less critical stuff, I will certainly look into *nix when I can (for the school website etc, for something to learn with)

    I have VM and have installed various releases such as Fedora, Ubuntu and Suse, without any glitches. I just haven't had time to muck around further with them.

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    Fair enough. My advice would be to just walk away. But you are already ahead of me there.

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    Re: sorry another moodle question!

    Since I am at about a similar stage, I rolled moodle out to the teachers about 2 months ago and they have been very happy with it, we use it to distribute staff notices and as a platform to share using forums etc.

    But already with only 40 or so staff I, realise that I need to bring the whole Moodle inhouse because of performance. ( I have it hosted at a very affordable ISP) it was easy to setup and proved the point very well.

    But here is my problem, as soon as I bring it in house, the outside world drops to 1500kb, (tis either them or us @ 1500kb) and I have to open ports etc.

    In my case I will probably go for the Linux Option, because it is affordable, but then I guess I should ask what would be a reasonable specification computer for Moodle?

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