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Re: How bandwidth requirement could be reduced when using thin clients?


Integrating FreeNX into LTSP is something that we are very interested
in. I've had reports from a couple of people who are working on this,
with various levels of success.

I personally haven't had a chance to try it, but I have seen some
demonstrations of NX, and I was quite impressed.

We (the LTSP development team) are planning an LTSP Developers
meeting to take place the weekend of November 6-7, 2004 in Maine,

One of the leading topics of this developers meeting is the integration
of NX/FreeNX.  I can't say that we will have a working implementation
on November 7th, but at least at that point, we should have a very
good understanding of the issues involved, and how to proceed.

Also on the list of topics for that meeting are:

  LDAP Authentication, possibly with Kerberos
  Local applications
  Local Block and Character device support
  vnc, x11vnc and desktop shadowing
  A Security audit of the LTSP tree

After that meeting, I expect to be in a much better position to report
on the status and expected time frame of each of those items.

I know that packaging of the LTSP packages is important to you, and
I know that Ragnar Wisloff is currently hard at work to accomplish this.
I heard just last week, that he was able to get a working installation
by installing from his deb packages, so I know he's making great

I personally have migrated almost all of my machines to Debian, so this
puts me in a much better position to help support the packaging of LTSP
for Debian.

Jim McQuillan

On Mon, 4 Oct 2004, Knut Yrvin wrote:

> I'we written a document about the need for reducing the bandwith in thin
> client solution in Skolelinux/debian-edu. The municipal department of
> education in Oslo prepare a report on "if it's posible to replace their
> Windows-solution for schools, to a Skolelinux-based solution".
> We are in need for some realistic time estimates on how much work it
> would be to implement FreeNX in the LTSP and Lessdisk solutions. We
> also ask about whats the most suitable solution(s)? :-) The municipal
> department of education really want all the help they can get, and SLX
> Debian Labs is a part of the group that does this report.
> I'll appreciate your comments on this document Jim, Jonas and others:
> http://developer.skolelinux.no/driftskonsepter/2004-09-06-thin-clients.html
> Finn-Arne that is a staff member of the department of education in Oslo,
> and I will help out with everything thats not clear, or questions you
> may have after reading the document :-)
> - Knut Yrvin
> --
> Project manager (cel: +47 908 95 765) Skolelinux Norway and OpenOffice
> translation to Norwegian. Office 1: SLX Debian Labs Forskningsparken,
> Gaustadalle 21, 0349 OSLO, NORWAY. Office 2: IT-Staff Akershus County
> Council, Schweigaards gate 4, 0185 OSLO, NORWAY

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