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[K12OSN] Re: sourceforge thin-client project



So people want K12LTSP to become an integrated toolbox rather than a single
distribution.  I like it.  It's an approach to Linux that seems to be the
obvious next step in the evolutionary process.  If it works it will change a lot
of things in the Linux community.  I do not know of any project that has even
seriously attempted this, let alone made it work.  But if any group could pull
it off, its this one.

Thus far the tools/sub project that have been proposed seem to be:

WAN services:

1.)  *Thin-Client Services for Linux.*  This might include any and all
	software to boot and set preferences for the terminals, entirely
	separate from the Servers that provide the Application Environment.
	That project would be free to concentrate on issues such as increasing
	the capability of the network as a whole by focusing on issues relevant
	to that, such as load-balancing.

2.)  *Authentication services* this would be an LDAP server combined with
	a Samba PDC using the LDAP database that could be used to authenticate
	students anywhere on the network.  This would take quite a bit of work to
	get right, but we could probably make it quite a bit better than Active
	Directory.

3.)  *File-sharing services* a machine which provides home directories and
	shared filesystems for users.  Exported via Samba, Netatalk, and NFS.
	Also configurable through the GUI to automatically add home directories as
	users first log in.

4.)  *A dedicated firewall appliance,* of which there is plenty to
	choose from, vis IPCop, SME.  Should be able to use permissions from the
	LDAP server to control internet access.  May also include a proxy server.

5.)  *A dedicated mail server* of which there is plenty to choose from.
	This should include IMAP, POP3 and SMTP support, authentication would be
	via the LDAP database.

6.)  *A dedicated web server* Apache properly configured to serve intranet
	and student/staff personal web pages.

7.)  *A dedicated database server* such as MySQL.  Databases are being used
	in more and more classes.  Having access to a MySQL database with a
	MyPHP, webmin or an equivalent setup utility should be planned for.

8.)  *A dedicated print server* that can redirect print jobs to the proper
	printer anywhere on the network.  CUPS based(?), so the printers can
	be set up once on the network and then function from any workstation

LAN services
1.)  *An install-time customizable Software Distribution-Set for Schools*,
	of which there is already a large selection.  Should be able to include
	WAN services 1-8 for single server installs.

2.)  *Dedicated application server* should include options for running the most
	common applications that are a drain on the general use server, or that
	may be prone to crashing it, such as wine/crossover/win-apps, GIMP, OOo,
	Mozella, programming tools, etc.

3.)  *Yellow Dog Linux Client image* for booting Macs as Xterminals. (hey, I
	had to try...)

Did I miss anything?

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