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Re: [K12OSN] multiheading ltsp thin client

I think there was some discussion about this on the list a year or two ago. Since you only need a Pentium-100 with 32MB of RAM for a client, and since you can buy a 1Ghz box with 128MB of RAM for $200, and since Linux will support having multiple video cards installed and/or there are video cards with multiple ports, and since USB will support multiple devices, and since keyboards and mice now come with USB connectors, and since Linux *is* a multi-user system, it would seem that one should be able to build a client box that would simultaneously support multiple users, reducing your costs even more. But I've not heard of anyone doing it. From an engineering standpoint, I'd think the tricky part would be associating the correct video output with the correct keyboard and correct mouse. Not to mention you might run into some cable length issues--how far can a person's kb, mouse, and monitor be from the box? Will it only work for, say, four people in cubes that are clustered together because if they're in a line/row, the last person on the row is too far from the box, for example? But an interesting idea, I think. I'd love to see someone come out with such a box.


Martin Stevens wrote:
Never multiheaded a ltsp thin clients but I have on a workstation.

So i would probably assume the way you go about it would be......

check out dotfiles.com for X configs

Make sure you have the correct X server - you don't say what cards your

Get the X config correct and make sure that this that the particular X
config would be sent to the correct thin client. I'm sure you can specify an
X config for a clients but at the moment I don't know how to do this so it
will be left as an exercise for the reader :-)

I would probably start with a single head customised X config then add the
second screen/card once i had confirmed that this is working.

Martin Stevens
Network Manager
Chace Community School
Website : http://www.chace.enfield.sch.uk e-mail :
stevens chace enfield sch uk
----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Carle" <scarle lurhq com>
To: <k12osn redhat com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 4:54 PM
Subject: [K12OSN] multiheading ltsp thin client

has anyone multiheaded a ltsp thin client or seen anyone else do it or
talk about it? We are looking at trying this and wanted to find out if
it is possible.

Scott Carle
Lurhq Corp

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