[K12OSN] 1 nic k12ltsp 6.0

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Mon Sep 22 16:23:55 UTC 2008

In that case, it'll be more difficult (Microsoft Windows generally is), 
but it's still possible.  What you need is something called an X11 
server that you install on your MS Windows boxes and point them at the 
LTSP server.  It'll do an "XDMCP" (X Display Manager Control Protocol) 
query to your LTSP box, which is running GDM, KDM, or XDM.  The G/K/XDM 
will answer the X11 server on the MS Windows box and say, "Oh, you're 
making an XDMCP query!  You must want a login screen.  Here you go."  
And you will see the K12LTSP login screen.

The reason that GNU/Linux or *BSD boxes are so much easier here is that 
they generally come with X11 servers, namely XFree86 or X.org.  That's 
*one* reason why it's so easy to use old Power Macs or UltraSPARCs as 
LTSP thin clients, BTW (processor architecture is irrelevant to X11, by 
design).  Essentially, if you can make an XDMCP query, BOOM, you're in.

I'd suggest Googling for "XDM" and "MS Windows" or something along those 
lines.  That'll probably turn up an XDMCP-supporting X11 server.  
Hummingbird used to make an X11 server for Win32, but I don't know if 
they still do.

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Will Hatch wrote:
> Sorry I omitted this important information.  All of these computers run
> either windows 2000 professional or windows xp.  
> Does 5.0EL have all of the educational software added to it?  Is it an
> upgrade, or do I need to do a fresh install?  
>>>> "Terrell Prudé Jr." <microman at cmosnetworks.com> 9/22/2008 10:39 am
> Will Hatch wrote:
>> I have k12ltsp successfully running on a Dell Optiplex 745 with one
> NIC.  I am accessing it with DevonIT thin clients.  I have fixed the ip
> address as, and with the DevonIT thin clients all I had to
> do is create a session to access the linux terminal server.  It works
> beautifully!  
>> What I'm wondering though is how do I tap into my k12 box from a
> traditional computer?  I have a Windows Server 2008 box handling DHCP
> and DNS in the school.  We are using a Windows network for terminal
> services also, and this is our primary platform.  
>> I guess I"m looking for something like the remote desktop connection.
>  It would be nice to get the k12 box from other places in the school,
> besides the lab where the DevonIT clients are located.  
>> Thanks!
> Glad you're having success with K12LTSP.  Note: if you're running 
> K12LTSP 6.0, I think everyone on this list would recommend that you
> move 
> to 5.0EL as soon as you possibly can.  The reason is that Fedora Core 6
> (the basis of version 6.0) is no longer supported with security updates
> since December 2007.  Version 5.0EL, on the other hand, will get 
> security updates until 2014.
> Now, to answer your question, we'll need to know what OS these 
> "traditional computers" are running, e. g. a GNU/Linux distro, FreeBSD,
> Mac OS, etc.
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