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NetworkWorld: Diskless Linux terminals [Linux Terminal Server Project]

Apr 18, 2000, 23:43 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Users looking to further network expansion at low cost should also be aware of the work done by the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP)."

"The LTSP is an open-source development effort run by programmers and network integrators to create a network of diskless Linux workstations. It began last August, and the technology recently won first place at the First Annual Linux Solutions Awards last September, sponsored by LinuxToday.com."

"Diskless Linux terminals consist of a box containing an X86 processor, at least 16M bytes of RAM, a network interface card (NIC) and a boot ROM. The boot ROM makes the initial network boot and file system mount to the server, which allows the Linux kernel to download to the terminal's RAM. The only major pieces of software that run on the client side are the Linux kernel and XFree86 (X Windows). All applications are run from the server."

"The terminals make good clients for e-mail, Web browsing and data entry programs running from the Linux terminal server. Some drawbacks to the system are a lack of advanced management tools for managing clients and the lack of network printing capabilities. (A printer can be attached to an individual client's printer port, however)."

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