diskless vs ltsp local apps

Warren Togami wtogami at redhat.com
Wed Oct 8 18:57:25 UTC 2008

Robert Arkiletian wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:51 PM, Robert Arkiletian <robark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Currently, diskless solutions like DRBL involve exporting /home over
>> nfs. But nfs is insecure.
>> I have read local app support is working in Fedora 9/ltsp 5. I'm
>> assuming some type of authentication must occur to run an app locally.
>> How is this done?
> Ah, seems it's sshfs.
>> I'd like to try out ltsp local apps and compare it with the diskless
>> model (100% local apps). My main concern is the browser + flash
>> video/sound experience. I really want to see if firefox can run well
>> as a local app with video and sound working well. Can someone point me
>> to a link that shows how to setup local apps with Fedora 9/ltsp 5 ?
> Is there a link to instructions how to enable local app support for firefox.

I could really use help of someone writing this down in the Wiki.  I am 
having health difficulties at the moment.

1) Install a fresh client chroot on Fedora 9 with ltsp-build-client.
2) It should have xterm installed.
3) After you have logged into your user, create a launcher that runs:
/usr/bin/ltsp-localapps /usr/bin/xterm

This is a very simple example of a localapp that is already installed in 
the client chroot.  You can use yum to install additional stuff like 
firefox or epiphany, then run it in the same manner.

BTW, firefox and epiphany fails to pull in a needed dependency.  It 
might be dbus-x11.

F9 update for ltsp-client pushed today improves the behavior slightly. 
I still need to build a new ldm for F9.  Waiting on artwork for ldm though.


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