Linked by Nik Tripp on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 21:40 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE IT solutions companies have been generating lots of buzz regarding thin clients basically since the early 1990s, but have yet to really penetrate into many suitable environments. These relatively cheap computer appliances carry broad promises like energy efficiency, space efficiency, and centralized maintenance and data storage. These claims could sound like the computer industry equivalent of snake oil. Kiwi-LTSP, a combination of KIWI imaging technology and Linux Terminal Server Project, is one open source solution for thin client servers.
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broken_symlink
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2005-07-06

I'm pretty sure LTSP works the same way. I haven't tried a new version lately, but the way I remember it you use ssh and X11 forwarding to run apps on the server. So, if you upgrade the server you have theoretically just upgraded the performance of all the clients. But, I'm not sure if you can do everything that you could with the sun ray, like watching a movie. I wouldn't have any idea how sound would work remotely this way.

Diskless clients however, start x locally and can take forever to boot.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Diskless clients however, start x locally and can take forever to boot.


Poorly configured diskless client can take forever to boot, with the network setup being most important. Our diskless Debian stations boot in under 2 minutes to a login screen, and than maybe another minute to get to a working/usable KDE 3.5.9 desktop.

However, this is where Wake-On-LAN comes in handy, along with a cronjob that wakes the clients before people get to the school/office/wherever. That way, the stations are already booted and ready to go before people need to use them. It's not like people need to reboot constantly throughout the day. ;)

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the hardware I deployed my setup on is a little underpowered. Pentium 2s, and a few 3s. The server is a pentium 4 with 256mb ram and a single ide hd. If all the clients reboot at the same time it can be brought to its knees, but other than that everything works fine.

We saved a good deal of money by reusing all this old hardware that was just laying around, and were then able to buy nice screens, keyboard, and mice for each box.

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