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Netlive: an interesting alternative to the Linux Terminal Server Project

Apr 16, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"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 prefer."

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