[K12OSN] LTSP on Sparc

norbert bear2bar at netscape.net
Thu Jun 17 02:30:22 UTC 2004

Hi Terrell,

Thanks for the info, maybe I'll turn them into client machines !! ;-) 
... OK so now how do I deal with the ARP / RARP issue ?


microman at cmosnetworks.com wrote:

> Hello Norbert,
> Personally, I'd advise against making LTSP servers out of those SPARC 
> workstations unless they're very beefy w/ lots of DRAM.  I have an 
> Ultra 5 here at home, and those boxes topped out at 512MB DRAM and 
> 440MHz CPUs--not LTSP server material, unfortunately, unless you have 
> one client.  :-)
> An example of good LTSP server hardware from Sun might be a Sun Blade 
> 2000 or 2500 machine w/ two 1-1.28GHz CPUs and 4GB DRAM.  Mind you 
> that if you do want to do this, you're looking at about $10,500.  For 
> that much money, though, you could build five dual-Athlon systems, 
> each with 4GB DRAM and *fiber* Gig-E.  Heck, you could build three 
> dual-Opteron boxes for that much and go 64-bit.  Even if you go with a 
> Sun Fire V210, a 1U rack-mount server box, with similar specs as the 
> above, you're looking at about $7000.  Remember also that with Sun 
> boxes, especially the newer ones, you'd have to deal with making sure 
> that GNU/Linux for the SPARC64 will actually play nicely with all that 
> proprietary hardware.
> On the other hand, LTSP *clients* have been made out of SPARC and 
> UltraSPARC boxes, and I've heard that they work pretty well (I myself 
> haven't yet tried it).
> --TP
> norbert wrote:
>> Hi,
>> There was a post for a "Step-by-step Howto" install and setup LTSP on 
>> Sparc (Solaris), does anyone still have a working link to it ?
>> Our school has a number of Sparc workstations and Ultrasparc that I 
>> would like to turn into LTSP servers, does anyone have a working 
>> system(s) and could we get some feedback?
>> Thank you
>> norbert
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