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Mar 07, 2001, 06:44 (5 Talkback[s])
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"I guess that it is true: "Necessity is the Mother of Invention". I know that this paradigm drives most open source software development, but it was also the motivation for me to eliminate the constant clamor for internet access by my family...."

"My first stop was the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP). This solution seemed to fulfill all my requirements: it ran everything off of the server; I could build custom kernels to activate only those services I needed; and I could run it headless (no keyboard or monitor). The downside was the killer. The LTSP gains access to the server using the trivial file transfer protocol (TFTP - poor security) and uses NFS to mount home directories (a security nightmare). While I couldn't use this project to solve my particular problem, the concept still seemed worth investing some time to investigate. What I learned in the process was, I felt, worth passing on to LinuxLookup readers."

"I began this exercise with the LTSP-Core release 2.0.4. There were several problems with the setup scripts, and the documentation left me with more questions than answers. However, the latest version (2.0.7), has resolved all of my initial reservations and has produced a true straight-out-of-the-box implementation of a thin client solution. For those who may not see any particular application for this project, consider a diskless client running an X windows front end WITH NO FAN! I thought that in itself was worth the effort to explore the LTSP. Imagine running a small internet appliance on your desk that only comes to life when you tap the keyboard or move the mouse and doesn't have the constant noise of a fan. Nice, to say the least."

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