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[K12OSN] Re: [K12ltsp-list] LTSP on Sparc


Really cool stuff, please keep us posted on the progress.

Jim McQuillan
jam Ltsp org

On Tue, 11 Jun 2002, Brian Gray wrote:

> Colleagues,
> Sorry for being in limbo for the last few months.  I've been quietly
> working on something that maybe of use to a lot of folks.  especially
> those with old Sparcstations or which they could use all the cheep Sparc
> equipment being sold on Ebay and other actions.
> I have a working i386 server running Red Hat Linux 7.3 (K12LTSP load)
> serving i386, mac and Sparc clients. :)  I'm using Sparcstation 5's, yes
> 110 mhz machines with 128 mb. In fact, they run quicker as thin clients
> then a local Linux load.  It should be noted that since Sun uses open
> boot these clients only need the proper open boot command to allow them
> to always boot from the net along with the proper rarpd and dhcp set up
> at the server level. Point being no boot disk or flashing of and Prom.
> :)
> Currently my testing includes a small server 400mhz PIII with 256 mb of
> ram serving 3 i386 (celeron 333mhz, 64mb) clients and 3 of the above
> mentioned Sparc stations and a slower (speed escapes me right this
> second) mac clone.  I will soon be putting this through scaling test to
> see how many clients of similar variants it can handle.  I will also be
> adding some slower PII i386 clients, a windoze 2000 **cough** **cough**
> and Novell print and file sharing server **sneeze** **sneeze** to the
> mix to simulate more of a heterogeneous environment.
> At that point I will be migrating the server to a 1.4G Athlon with 1 Gig
> of Ram and doing the same tests.  I'm hoping this will give some numbers
> that we can offer to schools.  I will also be working with Tom "Spot"
> Callaway and Jeff Johnson to get the Sparc solution finely tuned and
> packaged into rpms.  The current ltsp client uses the 2.2.19 kernel and
> buzybox for shell purposes.  I will, with the help of Spot moving this
> to more of a 2.4 based solution for version 2.
> If anyone has ideas of numbers and such they'd like to see let me know. 
> Any other input would also be of great interest to me.


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