diskless vs ltsp local apps

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Thu Oct 9 21:38:36 UTC 2008

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Warren Togami <wtogami at redhat.com> wrote:
> 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.

Hope you feel better Warren. I will try it out this weekend and if I
am successful I will update the wiki.

> 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.
> Warren
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