Virtual Desktop Deployment in Middle Education and Community Centers Using Low-Cost Hardware
International Journal of Information and Education Technology
In Ecuador most children are unable to access basic computer education because they attend schools that don't have the budget to implement computer laboratories. A proposed solution is to use desktop virtualization to provide basic computer services (such as web browsing, email and office tools) to schools and community centers, without new equipment investment. Desktop Virtualization allows reusing existing hardware and saves in electrical consumption and licensing. Using virtual desktop
... rtual desktop technologies allowed us to reuse the schools existing hardware saving the school limited resources while providing a centralized environment of fast and efficient administration. By implementing open source of imatic tools, even more saving were possible, and at the same time, we were able to align the schools policies with the open source national government initiative. One final benefit was that the low performance hardware we used on the student side had lower power consumption than specialized equipment, and because of it, we could help the sustainability national requirements. In order to measure user's requirements and satisfaction, polls were performed in different middle schools in Manabí (Ecuadorian coast province). These pools also helped us to determine which computer tools the students were using; and allowed us to elaborate some test environments for the hardware performance. Index Terms-Desktop virtualization, school, open source, LTSP.