[K12OSN] Problems with Firefox, OO and KDE apps start up speed with SMBLDA

David Trask dtrask at vcsvikings.org
Thu Dec 28 16:15:20 UTC 2006

Julian....are you running gigabit between the samba/ldap server and the
k12LTSP server?  If not you really should.  Remember....you'll need to use
gigabit switches too so nothing has to "negotiate" down to 100baseT.

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>try simply 'oowriter' or 'oocalc' or 'ooimpress' at the commandline?
>any faster?
>I've just about completed a 6.0 install with IceWM as the default/only 
>window manager...and it's FAST...MUCH faster than
>my old K12LTSP server that is getting upgraded this summer!
>Julian Yap wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We're having problems with the start up speed of Firefox, OO and KDE
>> apps on our K12LTSP servers and was wondering if anyone could help.
>> More background info:
>> I've recently installed a SMBLDAP server for a local school.
>> We freshly installed a K12LTSP 6.0 server and set it up to authenticate
>> off the SMBLDAP.  Home directories are also mounted off the SMBLDAP
>> server via NFS.
>> Certain apps seem to hang and take a long time (around 10 minutes) to
>> start up.  I can't seem to figure it out.  However, once Firefox, for
>> example, starts up, it's very responsive and works fine.  The apps with
>> problems are Firefox, OpenOffice suite and KDE apps (like Kalcium).
>> Other large apps such Blender and Scribus work fine as do the smaller
>> Gnome apps.
>> One minor breakthrough is that when spawned through the command line,
>> OpenOffice Writer starts up (and fast too) via:
>> /usr/lib/openoffice.org2.0/program/swriter.bin -writer
>> However, this from the command line causes a hang:
>> /bin/sh /usr/lib/openoffice.org2.0/program/swriter.bin -writer
>> This has also been tested on K12LTSP 5.0 with the same problems.
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>> Thanks,
>> Julian
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David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Director
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask at vcsvikings.org

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