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Re: [K12OSN] icewm vs gnome

Nathan Sinton wrote:
I am getting ready to roll out a terminal server at my school. It
will be a dual 2.2 Ghz Xeon server with 2 GB of ram and will run
k12ltsp 4.2.0. I'm using the IBM Linux client migration cookbook
(http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246380.pdf) for my
cross-platform authentication. (detailed in chapter 7) each student
will have their own account with a home directory on a windows 2000
server. I'm using IBM's solution for mounting home directories so
they will be mounted over samba. since symbolic links are not
supported over samba it looks like I can't use KDE. I would like to
know what window manager you would recommend and why, or if anyone has
a solution to get KDE running with a samba mounted home directory. IBM's suggestion of mounting the samba share in a subdirectory of the
user's home directory will be my LAST resort if nothing else works.


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I run a similar server - Dual Opteron 240s, 2GB of RAM, and currently K12LTSP 4.1.1 while I'm configuring an LTSP server on a Gentoo install. It depends on how many terminals you expect. The server I run is in a lab with 32 terminals; often all are in use simultaneously. Gnome and KDE are huge resource hogs; I find that IceWM looks very nice (very familiar to the students, who are used to a Win9X interface), is quick, and has a tiny memory footprint compared to Gnome and KDE. In an LTSP environment, it's probably the best Window Manager available for a mix of usability and low resources.

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