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Re: Setting up a file server for a diskless X-Terminal



On Mon, 2007-09-17 at 20:22 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> 
> >>> I'd expect much better performance with the ltsp approach (running 
> >>> only X on the client with the desktop and apps on the faster machine) 
> >>> than you would have running the 2nd machine as a workstation with 
> >>> everything mounted via NFS.
> >>>
> >> I don't like the looks of K12LTSP. It seems to limit you to running FC5. 
> >> I'd like to set this up with F8 when it comes out.
> >>
> >> Oh well. It looks like it is not possible to do what I want to do. At 
> >> least not easily.
> > ----
> > my objection to k12ltsp is that it is a turnkey setup.
> 
> You object to something that works as installed?  You can still break it 
> if you like, just like any other fedora or Centos install - and there is 
> no requirement to keep any of the canned/working configs.  A lot of 
> people reconfigure to use a single nic and have set up load balancing 
> among servers.
> 
> > ltsp rides on whatever you have installed. Fedora though would require
> > using ltsp 4.2.x because ltsp 5.x is only ubuntu/debian at the moment
> 
> There is a similar project called edubuntu that may eventually work out. 
>   The people on the k12ltsp mailing list that are using both say that 
> edubuntu is still rough around the edges - as you might expect from the 
> comparative ages of the distributions.  The beta F7 k12ltsp version 
> might be using ltsp 5.x (and that might be why it is not released 
> yet...).  I think a lot people are using the one based on Centos 5.0 now.
> 
> > The point of using ltsp is that it does all the heavy lifting for you
> > and in essence would give you exactly what you want (diskless
> > workstations) and the only difference is that you ***think*** you want
> > to do it in your own prescribed way. LTSP sets it all up as an NFS
> > server, thus you get the tftp bootup, then nfs mount the software (i.e.
> > the file server).
> > 
> > Easily of course, is always subjective
> 
> K12ltsp is as easy as any fedora install, since the other packages just 
> come along for the ride.  I'd recommend trying one under vmware (and you 
> can boot a virtual vmware thin client from it too) just to see the 
> configuration and setup scripts even if you don't end up using it.
----
actually, I'm sort of stuck doing almost that because I can't seem to
get older iMac's to work as thin clients on ltsp 4.2 and one of the guys
that helped with the Mac client utils says I need to look at what they
employed on k12ltsp so I'm downloading the ltsp-6-32-bit disc images
atm.

I suspect that if I end up going all out, I will probably use the ltsp-5
with ubuntu though - I just don't know for sure. In talking with ltsp-5
developers on irc, "they haven't implemented the os goodness for
RHEL/Fedora yet"

Craig


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