[K12OSN] Diskless Workstation Option

Todd O'Bryan toddobryan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 21:46:39 UTC 2009

There's actually not that clear a distinction. A beefy thin client
that runs some of its applications locally would be what you describe
as a diskless workstation.

It's possible to have a thin client that runs pretty much everything
on the server, a few apps locally, or something that downloads the OS
and runs everything itself only using the server for disk, as you

k12linux tends more toward the all-on-the-server end and DRBL
(Diskless Remote Boot Linux) tends more toward the
nothing-on-the-server-but-the-disk end, but it's possible to create
something somewhere in between.


On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM, Mark Trimble<matrimble at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was wondering if K12Linux offers the option to configure its
> desktops as either Thin Clients or Diskless Workstations?
> Here's my understanding of each:
> 1. Thin Clients:  All processing, memory, and storage comes from the
> server. The desktop is essentially a terminal.
> 2. Diskless Workstations: The desktop uses it's own CPU and RAM for
> running applications, but relies on the server for its hard disk.
> I have modern desktops that I would like to use as diskless
> workstations, but am not sure if this is supported by K12Linux.
> Thanks,
> Mark
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