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

jam McQuil com wrote:
> Brian,
> 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.
> >
> >
> --


Will do.

BMan  (Brian Gray)

"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." 

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