Re: half thick clients (was:Re: Week 30 report of Knut Yrvin. Week 31 plans)
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Ragnar Wisloff wrote:
why not consider to integrate lessdisks? it's completly Debian based and
it is itself Debian. There is no problem having the client as thick as
wanted; no hassle with local apps compared to LTSP.
There has been much improvement the last few weeks; perhaps you want to
check it out. If there were a few more people with programming scills and
Debian knowhow, it would soon be ready for use out of the box.
Perhaps a combination of lessdisks and LTSP is the way to go, I don't know
since I've never looked at lessdisks. What do you think, is it possible to
I've been using LTSP at school since fall 2001 (remember those good
old days translating LTSP docu?) and I'am using some local apps
because of server hardware is expensive and clients (even old boxes)
tend to be oversized.
lessdisks is a replacement for LTSP, but there has been some efforts
recently to use X configuration schemes like those in lts.conf.
In fact, if you have a running LTSP system and no local apps on client
side, it won't take too much time to migrate to lessdisks.
I would ideally have the ease of installation and
administration that LTSP offers coupled with a way to populate the thin
client root file tree. Realistically we also need to consider the by now
quite considerable installed versions of Debian Edu with LTSP, and not do
something too revolutionary. After all, it's the users and admins that should
Of course you are right. But believe me, it's not that hard. If you
have hardware running out of the box using LTSP they will do so
running lessdisks. If you have hardware, e.g graphics cards, which
have to be set up using entries in lts.conf, the only thing to do is
to take the entries of that host section found in lts.conf and put
them in a file named like the host to configure. So you have one file
per host that differs from the default entries (mice, X-Server etc.).
If you use fixed ips for your net running LTSP you have to put
hostnames and corresponding mac address in one single file running
lessdisks, but this is only required if you want to run local apps.
So I think checking out lessdisks is a good idea.
As far as NX is concerned: the only problem seems to be the server part.
It seems that only recently an open implementation of the NX specs was
released, and now it's becoming more interesting to look at it.
But KNOPPIX has recently come up with a free solution for that and it's
OK. Do they have a server implementation that is open source?
Yes. NX sources are available under GPL. The problem is putting some
components together to have the server part. KNOPPIX seems to be on
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