A new direction for LTSP: Diskless Remote Boot
abnormaliti at clivepeeters.com.au
Wed Sep 10 05:26:41 UTC 2008
I couldn't agree more.
I developed a "Diskless fat client" using fc4 some years ago, which is
still widely used in house, but it was a lot of hacking and unmaintainable.
Recently a need to provide a new client based on an up-to-date distro
was highlighted and I was disappointed to see Fedora/RedHat stateless
support had all but died. So i looked elsewhere and found it was easy
to add LTSP "workstation" support to Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu LTSP solution is not entirely suitable for my needs because i
run RHEL5 servers. This lead me to look at Ubuntu's initramfs which is
soooo much more powerful and easier to customizable than
Fedora/RedHat's. nash is really weak.
It is as easy as installing and configuring a "golden client",
installing aufs from their repos and adding some scripts to the
mkinitramfs configuration. Copy the golden client to a nfs server, make
the custom (easily reproducible on kernel update) initramfs, copy the
kernel and initramfs to a TFTP server and boot your diskless client.
Having said all this i would give my left nut to have all this in
Fedora/RHEL cause i still don't really like Ubuntu so much. RHEL
serving Fedora LTSP fat clients would be ideal.
Note: I haven't taken a close look at F9 yet, so forgive me if Stateless
actually works in it.
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