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Re: [K12OSN] Crazy OSX thought



the yellowdog guys have expted with runnning osx this way with no
luck..they HAVE run os 9 this way.i have some docs at school...chuck

> 
> 
> On Fri, 28 Jan 2005, Jim Kronebusch wrote:
> 
> > Is the concept feasable to make and /opt/ltsp/osx that contains the
> > necessary items to boot OSX over LTSP on true thin terminals?
> 
> That would be OSX for PPC thin clients.  Unless you are talking about
> porting OSX to the x86 platform.  Probably not an easy thing to do.
> 
> >
> > Is it as simple as packaging a running OSX directory structure and placing
> > it there, then calling on the proper kernels with something along the lines
> > of yaboot?  What is the basic process that goes into making the opt/ltsp
> > directories?
> 
> That would be sort of like loading an entire redhat distribution into a
> subdirectory, maybe /opt/ltsp/redhat.  and netbooting a thin client to
> mount that directory.
> 
> The problem is, it ends up running a whole boat load of stuff that isn't
> needed in a thin client environment.  The whole init process is way too
> bloated for a thin client.  No reason to run sendmail or cron or any of
> the other services that a typical Unix/Linux box runs at startup.
> 
> Sure you could cut it down to the bare minimum, but when you are
> finished, does it really end up looking like OSX?
> 
> 
> And, if you want to see the basic process that goes into making the
> /opt/ltsp directories, download the LBE from cvs, and build it.  That
> generates the entire ltsp tree.
> 
> 
> >
> > I just ask becuase it would add another dimension to LTSP's
capabilities and
> > further help "sell" the idea.  I know you can netboot OSX but that seems so
> > old hat :-)
> 
> It wouldn't be LTSP anymore.  It would be OTSP or something else.
> 
> >
> > It would be very cool to run multiple sessions on a booted thin
> > simultaneously and be able to hot key between OSX, Fedora, and Terminal
> > Services.  Then I could still maintain a completely thin LTSP computing
> > environment yet still have operating system diversity at your fingertips.
> 
> You want to run multiple operating systems on a single thin client
> simultaneously?  If you could pull it off, you might get the best of all
> worlds, but keep in mind, you'd also be getting the worst of all worlds.
> 
> The whole idea of LTSP and thin clients is to keep it all simple.
> Simple to manage, simple to install, simple to use.
> 
> Sorry, I don't mean to knock your idea.  If it's something you are
> interested in, go for it.  that's the cool thing about this free
> software stuff.  There is NO barrier to entry.  Anybody who's got an
> idea can just jump in, and run with it.  AND, they don't have to start
> at zero.  They can start with something that already works, and build on
> top of it.
> 
> Jim McQuillan
> jam Ltsp org
> 
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> > Jim Kronebusch
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