[K12OSN] Booting older thin clients

Nils Breunese nils at breun.nl
Thu Mar 1 17:04:34 UTC 2007

Levi Kemp wrote:

> Ok I have to ask at the risk of sounding ignorent. I asumed that  
> Linux was going to be running a great deal faster on some of my  
> older systems than it is. Maybe its the hardware, or it could be  
> the setup. I havn't set them up as diskless yet because we need to  
> familiarize ourselves with everything first. Aside from that we  
> have a lot of Compaq iPaqs 450Mhz with Ram ranging from 128 to 256.  
> They are PXE capable but right now I'm running it off the local HD,  
> varying amounts 20GB 40GB and 80GB, all Western Digital 7200RPM  
> drives. They don't appear to be doing much better then XP is and if  
> I can't show that it will be worth it I won't be able to get the  
> Admin to move on the project. Any suggestions? Should I just set up  
> a diskless and see for myself?

Yes, a recent version of Gnome or KDE is probably to much to ask for  
a 450 MHz with 128 MB RAM. Maybe an XFCE or a more stripped down  
desktop environment will work, but frankly 128 or 256 MB RAM is just  
not enough and it won't give a good impression of what it will be  
like to run thin clients. You'll need a beefy machine to show off  
what an LTSP client looks like or actually set up an LTSP server  
(with a little more than 256 MB RAM) with some clients indeed. 128 MB  
RAM and a 450 MHz processor should be enough for a thin client.

Nils Breunese.
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