[K12OSN] Introducing ourselves

Gianugo Altieri gianugo.altieri at tiscali.it
Wed Apr 8 15:29:30 UTC 2009


   I did what you suggest (interesting indeed) to get remote login 
screen on K12 server from Fedora 8 chubby client. Since I use Gnome, I 
asked the F8 start-up screen to show me the menu for remote logins (what 
you do with KDE), and it did. After a while, the machine came up with a 
list of remote login servers, including itself (pseudo-remote, actually 
local) and the K12 server. So I asked for the latter, and, at first, it 
seemed it worked, it switched to a different graphic mode, it showed 
briefly a cursor with a "wait" icon, but then it suddenly dropped me to 
the local login screen, with no error message, and I have no idea of 
where to look for a log file. I repeated the same operation many times, 
to no result. I then tried rdesktop-xdmcp combination, and, after 
showing a wrist-watch icon for a while, it sent me out with a 
"xnest:malloc() ... " allocation error.
   By the way, I operated with both server and client firewalls off.
   Back in the times of Fedora 8, there was that handy program that 
allowed graphical configuration of local and remote logins, and worked 
great. Now, since F10-K12 don't have anything similar, I copied 
/etc/gdm/custom.conf from Fedora 8 to Fedora 10, but this isn't enough 
for get it running. "gdmgreeter" file is no longer available, so I tried 
"gdm-simple-greeter" and other greeters, with no success.

   Thanks for your help
   Gianugo Altieri  

Terrell Prudé Jr. ha scritto:
> Gianugo Altieri wrote:
>>      Second problem is a fat client I wish to link. It runs Fedora 8 
>> with some legacy software. I'm trying to let it "open a window" on 
>> the server for a graphical login, and also vice versa, i.e. let the 
>> server (and therefore the thin clients) open a graphical login on it. 
>> The problem is that I don't know how to do it. If I connect the fat 
>> client to LTSP LAN, it grabs an IP, but that's all. It doesn't even 
>> "ping" the server, let alone opening a remote desktop on it. Any 
>> suggestion?
> It should certainly be able to ping the server, *if* this fat client 
> is also on the LTSP client network.  If not, i. e. it's on the main 
> company LAN and you're using the classic two-NIC LTSP setup, then you 
> have two choices:
> 1.)  poke a hole in the K12 server's firewall rules for SSH and X11, or
> 2.)  place the Fedora 8 fat client on the LTSP client network.
> I would recommend the second choice, for two reasons.  First, you 
> don't need to poke any holes in the built-in packet filter for X11 
> (proper security is always good).  Second, it's just lower maintenance.
> Now, once you can ping the K12 server, here's how I would handle 
> graphical logins.  I will use KDE as an example, since that's what I 
> happen to run.  From your K Menu, choose "Switch user", and choose 
> "Start New Session".  You'll get a new graphical login screen, and one 
> of the options at the lower left are two options--"Session Type" and 
> "Menu".  Choose "Menu".  Of the choices, one of them is "Remote 
> login".  That's the one you want.  Just point that at your K12 
> server's IP address, and boom, you have a K12 login prompt.  
> Meanwhile, your "original" Fedora 8 session is still running.  To 
> switch between them, you use F7 (to go back) and F8 (to go forward).
> I'm not sure how easy it would be to have the clients be able to do 
> the same to the Fedora 8 box, because I've never done that.  But 
> fundamentally, it should be possible.  It might take some fiddling 
> with some of the configuration files under /opt/ltsp/i386...or if your 
> client has X11 with XDMCP built in, you should be able to configure 
> the client directly.  What you want at that point is what's called an 
> "indirect" X11 query.  Do some Googling for that--"indirect query", 
> XDMCP, and X11.
> --TP
> _______________________________________________
> K12OSN mailing list
> K12OSN at redhat.com
> https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn
> For more info see <http://www.k12os.org>

More information about the K12OSN mailing list