[K12OSN] LTSP and Macintosh

cliebow at downeast.net cliebow at downeast.net
Tue May 4 23:20:39 UTC 2004

i use ltsp on nubus macs..workingon netbooting new world macs...chuck
> Greetings.
> I've been looking for a way to put to use our growing collection of old 
> macs in the tech lab. Since we've been playing with LTSP, the idea of 
> macs used as thin clients came about.
> I spent some time researching the subject. Obviously, this is not a new 
> idea. I have read a lot of archived traffic about the idea, and can see 
> that it might be harder than it seems.
> So, what are the compications of using Macs as X11 terminals?
> I see 3 diffrent ways of making this possilble:
> * 1. The Mac boots Linux for it's archatecure (either 68k or PPC) off 
> the harddrive and runs linux's X to connect to the LTSP.
> * 2. The Mac boots MacOS (Version 7.5.3 is free, I think) and loads a X 
> server nativly, thus connects to the LTSP.
> * 3. The Mac boots MacOS, loads a VNC program and connects to the LTSP.
> I just learned of VNCing into the LTSP today. Cool beans.
> At what levels would memory be a problem? Would swap space make up for 
> any deficianies? How is sound transported (I'm clueless here)? Could 
> sound be pushed over options 2 or 3?
> Are there current prodjects which are working on these solutions?
> -Matt
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