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Re: [K12OSN] NFS /home but not apps?

The problem with 'local apps' is that you lose some of the fundamental benefits of thin clients: no local configuration to manage, the ability to use old/low-end hardware, and ability to easily & quickly replace a dead workstation. If you're using 100Mb to the client, especially if it's switched 100Mb, then there's really no point to trying to cut down on network bandwidth, provided you have sufficient bandwidth from the switch to the server. I think you're support time and hassles will go up significantly if you have to start managing an installed OS on the client, whether it's Linux or Windows.


Chris Bacigalupo wrote:
I've been thinking about this same concept.

A "Thick Client"?

From what I can tell, a 2.1 gig HD should be able to hold the OS and
basic productivity apps. I haven't set it up yet but I'm hoping some
form of LDAP/Samba will allow for cross platform user auth and NFS

Chris Bacigalupo,
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Harbor City International School
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-----Original Message----- From: k12osn-admin redhat com [mailto:k12osn-admin redhat com] On Behalf Of Richard K. Ingalls Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2003 08:13 To: k12osn redhat com Subject: Re: [K12OSN] NFS /home but not apps?

David Bucknell wrote:

Dear All,

We have two needs: to make use of relatively new machines (128 RAM, 40 Gig hard disks, 1+ Gig CPU's) and to bring down the price of new machines by using thin clients.

I'm facing the same situation.

Our question is how to maximize use of existing hard disks and optimize

use of a Cat 5 100 MB network for 50 machines.

On the relatively new machines, we would like to mount just the /home dirs but save network bandwidth by using local apps rather than bringing them over the network.

This is what I'm considering doing also.

Is this possible? We have not been able to get it to work.

Of course it's possible! (smirk) But, I've not made it work yet for me (not attempted). What have you attempted to do? What were the errors /

problems you encountered. If you will tell us this, the wonderful, highly intelligent & friendly people on this list may be able to assist you (and in the process, assist me to do the same thing).

We were hoping to use NIS, too. People are telling us that it's unreliable, but I see it as the best answer.

Suggestions based on experience/ideas would be gratefully received.

Best wishes,

David Bucknell
Rose Marie Academy, Thailand

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