Netlive: an interesting alternative to the Linux Terminal Server Project
Apr 16, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)
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"Netlive is a slightly unusual distribution developed
in Italy: a live version of Linux that makes available on demand
any other live version of Linux chosen by its administrators to all
the computers of its local network. Its developers, Ezio Da Rin and
Marco Clocchiatti, call Netlive "a very efficient way to build
portable ICT labs for schools, alternative to the Linux Terminal
Server Project (LTSP)".
"The practical advantages of Netlive for end users, that is
schools and students, have been already explained elsewhere. This
page, instead, explains Netlive's internal architecture and what
makes it different from LTSP.
"What's inside Netlive?
"Technically speaking, Netlive is a text-only Debian-Live
distribution, modified in order to export via NFS a special folder.
This folder contains a Squashfs file system, that each client
mounts as aufs. That file system can be any Linux distribution you
want. The Netlive website currently hosts the ISOs for serving ITIS
Linux, SoDiLinux, or an italian version of Linux Mint. The basic
method and the building scripts, however, can be easily modified to
include any other version of Linux, in whatever language you
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