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Bug#895020: Pre-configure desktop-autoloader appropriately for Debian Edu LTSP fat client

Hi Holger,

On  Fr 06 Apr 2018 13:44:46 CEST, Holger Levsen wrote:

Hi Mike,

On Fri, Apr 06, 2018 at 10:26:14AM +0000, Mike Gabriel wrote:
Once, the desktop-autoloader tool has been added to the
education-thin-client meta package, it should be configured appropriately
via debian-edu-config.

I wondered the same when I read the desktop-autoloader package
description but I also wondered whether it's safe and useful in all


- how much RAM does the feature need to be useful?

it should only get into action on machines with 2GB+. Good point. Noted for the upstream part.

- is there any randomisation or will all classroom computers torture the
  server and network at the same time?

The randomisation currently is only in the WoL part of Debian Edu. Right. Noted for upstream, too.

- has this been tested with other desktops than MATE?

Yes. XFCE. We can do more tests, of course. The more consumptive the desktop env the more worth a test case. Noted.

As it only gets active before 7:30 AM I assume its safe to turn on the
computer at other times? And it's "after midnight but before 7:30 AM
localtime" I assume?

We assume, that noone is around at schools betweek 0:00h 7:30h, indeed. And it is, of course, localtime. And: cron.d files are editable.

This mainly means:
  - only execute on LTSP fat clients


  - add some .desktop file symlinks to /etc/desktop-autoloader/autostart


To pre-load heavy-load-regular-used applications (e.g. firefox, libreoffice)

Also: how to disable this feature? This *must* be described in the

Good point. There will be a patch upstream for that, too.

Thanks for thinking about this,

(I will be on VAC the coming week, so don't expect any more work on this before in 10 days...)


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