[K12OSN] users not logging into my thin client environment

Peter Scheie peter at scheie.homedns.org
Wed Apr 28 13:15:18 UTC 2010

I think you misunderstand how LTSP works.  The applications that users run 
actually run on the server.  The client environment is only used to *display* 
the applications that are running on the server. An LTSP client is sort of like 
a remote console.  You can designate individual applications to be run locally 
on the clients, but this is not the default. If you truly want the clients to be 
running stand-alone environments, you might look at DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot 
Linux).  But make sure your clients are up to the task.


Mathieu Pelletier wrote:
> So, I have successfully set up my LTSP server and the clients boot 
> successfully.  I have even changed the default LDM theme and it looks 
> brilliant!  But now, I have a small problem that my users upon logging in are 
> not in the LTSP environment (the one in /opt/ltsp/i386).  They are actually 
> logged into the server environment. 
> My server is running F13 and my thin client environment image is F12 (since the 
> F13 ltsp enviro wasn't building and due to stability on the client).  Anyway, 
> everything seems to be working great on the client in spite of this.  I do, 
> however want my users to be using the proper environment, since my changes and 
> customisations for that image needs to be replicated to the client, and 
> obviously the users do not need all the services on the server's image. 
> My question is how do I remedy this so that users login to the correct 
> environment.  The login screen is taken from 
> /opt/ltsp/i386/usr/share/ldm/themes, but once the user logs in they have the F13 
> background and everything.  It seems to me that the solution should be pretty 
> easy, but I have not found much information on how to properly  create user 
> accounts.  I have the users home directory mounted in 
> /opt/ltsp/i386/home/username, so this part is working.
> ~Thanks for your help!
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