PowerPC iMacs as LTSP thin clients

Warren Togami wtogami at redhat.com
Tue Dec 16 20:36:07 UTC 2008

"Schools have thousands of old G3 iMacs that are now too old and slow to 
be useful. They would be useful again if they were LTSP thin clients, 
logging into a modern x86_64 terminal server. So I tried to make them 
boot as thin clients using LTSP and standard Fedora ppc components. The 
next release of ltsp will automatically build a thin client chroot in 
/opt/ltsp/ppc with the ltsp-build-client command.  The idea is that you 
could copy that /opt/ltsp/ppc chroot to your x86_64 server that handles 
ordinary i386 client netboot, and through dhcpd.conf trickery it could 
serve netboot to the PPC clients.  Unfortunately I couldn't get it to work."

Read the blog for details.  If anybody has further suggestions of stuff 
to try I'm all ears.

Warren Togami
wtogami at redhat.com

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