[K12OSN] Announcing K12Linux F10 Live Server

Warren Togami wtogami at redhat.com
Tue Feb 3 18:25:15 UTC 2009

The K12Linux team is proud to announce the release of K12Linux F10 Live
Server.  K12Linux is Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP.org) integrated
with Fedora 10, in a convenient LiveUSB or DVD media installer.  Since
1999 LTSP has empowered many schools and businesses with Linux-based
terminal servers and thin clients, allowing low-cost clients or recycled
computers to become powerful Linux desktop machines.

K12Linux allows easy deployment of a Linux terminal server, capable of
serving entire networks of netboot diskless clients.  Clients login to
the central terminal server, where they can use any Linux desktop
environment (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc.) and most desktop applications.
Significant long-term cost savings are made possible by central
management of software and accounts.  The clients are stateless, making
them easy to maintain and replace by on-site staff with minimal training.

The important feature of K12Linux is the Live Server media.  With
K12Linux Live Server, you can boot a terminal server from USB stick and
demo K12Linux server without touching your hard drive.  With this demo
mode, you can network boot an entire network of diskless thin clients
within minutes.  This same media can install a preconfigured LTSP server
upon your hard drive within a few minutes.

* Auto-configuration of diskless thin clients.  Just plug in hardware
and set the BIOS to PXE boot, no configuration necessary to add or
replace clients.  Same hardware support capability as Fedora 10 kernel
and X.org.
* Applications like OpenOffice.org or Firefox are typically faster than
a standalone Linux desktop because they are already in memory in use by
other users.
* Sound is automatically forwarded over the network via pulseaudio.
Composite capable hardware can use compiz over the network.
* Local Application Support
Certain multimedia apps like Firefox, movie players, 3D applications can
be configured to run as locally on the client hardware.  K12Linux
enables seemless integration of these local applications with automatic
remote home directory mounting and XDG menu integration.  (Recommended
minimum 1GB RAM on the client.)
* Local Storage Devices Support
Floppy, CD/DVD and USB storage plugged into thin clients appear on your
remote desktop.  Hotplug events and the filesystem mounts are forwarded
over the network.  Remote or local applications can seamlessly use your
local storage device.

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Special thanks to Ryan Niebur and Peter Scheie for their work on Fedora
LTSP.  Also thanks to Eric Harrison, Vagrant Cascadian, Gideon Romm,
Oliver Grawert, Jim McQuillan and DisklessWorkstations.com for making
LTSP possible all these years.

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Warren Togami
wtogami at redhat.com

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