Re: half thick clients (was:Re: Week 30 report of Knut Yrvin. Week 31 plans)
Wolfgang Schweer skrev:
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.
Migrating to lessdisks was not my question. We have a working solution.
It will not be changed unless there is a very good reason. As far as I
have been able to ascertain, there are considerable issues with
lessdisks as well as with LTSP. There is nothing wrong with LTSP, apart
from the fact that it is not an official part of Debian. That is why we
are even considering alternatives.
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 be happy.
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
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 Debian, too.
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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