It has been clear for some time now that LTSP is dead. There is no interest
in supporting it and keeping it current.
I can strongly recommend Thinlinc from http://www.cendio.com. Although this is a commercial
package, the free download allows up to 10 concurrent sessions at a time. You do
have to sign up to get the download, but it is free under these terms. The desktop
client is freely available with no restrictions.
- Thinlinc is very polished. It functions very well to deliver a complete desktop originating from a remote server
- Server works out of the box on all Linux distributions I have tried (RHEL 6&7, Scientific Linux 6, Debian, Fedora 22)
- There are clients for Linux, Mac and Windows. All work well
- Sound works right out of the box
- Thinlinc does a great job of streaming multimedia
- persistant sessions when you disconnect and reconnect
- automatic resizing of the screen when you switch to a different computer
- Web-based client for server-end configuration
- traffic between client and server is encrypted
- Thinlinc is actively developed by Cendio, and they have good support, including an active discussion group.
I can't count the number of hours I wasted wrestling with LTSP to try to get it to work. The documentation was never up
to date with the software. Thinlinc has been almost completely painless.
For personal use, I have the Thinlinc server running on my Linux machine at home,
and on my lab servers at work. Our university also has a campus-wide license for the
server, which they run on RedHat 7. I use Thinlinc in all of the courses I teach. The client is
available on all campus computers, and if students want the client on their own computers,
they have no problems installing and running it. By installing one client on their
comuter, they have access to hundreds of system-wide applications.
I can't speak to what it costs if you need more than 10 concurrent sessions.
From: "Radosław Bursztynowski" <radek bursztynowski pl>
To: "Support list for open source software in schools." <k12osn redhat com>
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:15:48 PM
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] New install of K12LTSP - repo not found
I supected your opinitn that "It (K12Linux) absolutely didn't work on
7". I work on K12Linux/CentOS 7 few mounts and I am siatified. I have
got older thin client image (Sicenbtific Linux 6.1). I am not going to
migrate to Edubuntu or Debian.
> LTSP on EL (Centos, SL, etc) has been broken and not updated on for
> sometime. It absolutely didn't work on 7 despite efforts. The work that
> needed to be done was beyond the capabilities of most of us on the
> Most of the issues seemed to be centered around LDM. That EL7 was 64bit
> only complicated matters as well for many of us using older clients.
> A number of us have migrated to Edubuntu, Debian, etc. I think my first
> install was around Fedora 5 if that gives you some context.
> I wish I could be more encouraging. If anyone on the list has had a
> more positive outcome, I hope they can help.
> Best regards,
> > Message: 1
> > Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:03:53 +0800
> > From: Paul Mulroney <pmulroney logicaldevelopments com au>
> > To: k12osn redhat com
> > Subject: [K12OSN] New install of K12LTSP - repo not found
> > Message-ID:
> > <CF6DAD4D-AD0E-48E9-89EF-FAACED000406 logicaldevelopments com a
> > u>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I'm trying to setup a new LTSP server, using K12Linux.
> > In the install guide (http://wiki.ltsp.org/wiki/Category:Fedora) it
> > says:
> > >
> > > rpm --import http://ltsprepo.s3.amazonaws.com/rpm/RPM-GPG-KEY-ltsp
> > >
> > > rpm -Uvh
> > > http://ltsprepo.s3.amazonaws.com/rpm/el6/x86_64/ltsp-release-5-9.el
> > > 6.noarch.rpm
> > >
> > > yum install ltsp-server
> > > Edit config files in /etc/ltsp/
> > > ltsp-build-client
> > > Read the docs!!
> > However, the server responds with
> > <Error>
> > <Code>AllAccessDisabled</Code>
> > <Message>All access to this object has been disabled</Message>
> > <RequestId>440C4FCB81A8CF1D</RequestId>
> > <HostId>
> > qADc1PRsGHvyCZ9+lDOlpDM4Mm0VaQfyBAyS1G9uVSif7FG7GIz1W89JPPPqBeIE37McL
> > P07Vj4=
> > </HostId>
> > </Error>
> > Is there an alternative download location for these RPM files and RPM
> > keys?
> > Regards,
> > Paul.
> > Fishing is a matter of Bait and Sea @gingermeggs1921
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