The replacement desktop server for our thin clients is nearly ready, but unfortunately vacations and Christmas have pushed the go live date into January. That gives us time to finalize, test and do some training for volunteers.
The new desktop server is running OpenSuse 10.2. Users can pick running regular 2D GNOME or they can enable 3D (Compiz-Fusion) if they so wish. The login scripts check hardware at login and if a user is configured for 3D and logs in with an Xserver that doesn't support Compiz, it automatically drops back into regular metacity.
I created the following cheat sheet which I will be handing out in the class tomorrow. I always gain more respect for technical documentation writers when I try and create content for 'regular users'. Let's see what the users say tomorrow :)
I also have experimentally added avant-window-manager to the desktop which is enabled via icon for those that like to try new things. This provides a 3D panel. Because users like to delete things, the startup script automatically adds an icon to the far left of avant that looks like our City seal; this icon when clicked opens the application-browser. That way they never get themselves in a position that they cannot reach software applications. Further testing is ongoing, but seems like it's deployable and runs well over remote display.