I've update my HOWTO Install SystemImager from source on Ubuntu Edgy page, and it works like a charm now.
I've come in over Spring Break so I can get some work done with the Ubuntu workstations. I have motivation to wrap everything here up into a nice neat well-documented package soon (more on this later), so I'm coming in even though I can't put this time on my time sheet.
It's amazing how much faster work progresses when I'm not interrupted every few minutes. Plus, I've had the liberty of working in the classroom in more than one-period windows. I've got one room set up and imaged using SystemImager, and another on the way (it takes a while to image a 31 workstations with 2 GB images via Unicast on a 100Mbps network).
It's pretty nice...but destined to end on Monday when all the distractions come back.
I've smoothed out a few rough spots in the imaging process, all the sorts of things that needed to be trialed and errored out, and now I'm going to work on getting the iTALC suite set up and configured for the one classroom I've got imaged.
The Big News
The big news, and the motivation for my wanting to get everything wrapped up and well-documented, is that my last working for Bloomington High School North is April 20th. I've received an offer I can't refuse to work at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, about three hours away.
I have loved my job here at Bloomington High School North, and the community I've served. The only thing I haven't loved is the pay, which is not nearly enough for me to start my life with. I've been looking for other employment for a while now, though I've been apprehensive of exchanging a job I love with inadequate pay for a job I hate with adequate pay. I've not been happy with the prospect of having to stop working with the Ubuntu community that I've sort of immersed myself in, or the prospect of no longer working in education.
With my new job as Senior Tech Specialist at Canterbury School I can continue to work in the field that I love, with the community I've grown to love, while receiving enough pay to actually start my life. The job description seemed to have my name already written on it when I first read it, it was uncanny.
I am very sad to leave North, which has been my home for almost a decade now; to leave my friends and family to move to a completely new city and sort of start over. At the same time, though, I'm excited to be taking the next step in my life, and am looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead. It's been a long time coming.