2nd Attempt at Setting Up Lab

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 12:21:05 BST 2008


On Sat, 05 Apr 2008, operationsengineer1 at yahoo.com wrote:

> i bought a server to convert a bunch of pii 200mhz machines into edubuntu
> terminals at my kid's school.  however, i didn't quite understand the
> complexity of using intel based terminals and an amd64 dual core server.
> long story short - they wouldn't connect.  this is likely due to my lack
> of wizardry, 

You don't explaing what the problem is, so we can only presume it's an
issue with the architecture mix.  If you want to give us some errors from
the thin client, we can give you better advice.

> however, i'm not trying to be a dual architecture, work
> through incompatibilities wizard, i'm trying to set up a lab that kids
> will find useful.

There are two options for getting the dual arch working:

1. Reinstall the server with the i386 version.  This is easy and involves
   no wizardry.

2. Get your thin clients working as i386 with the server running amd64.
   First, on the command line run: 
	sudo ltsp-build-client --arch i386
   Then edit 
   and replace "amd64" with "i386".  Then restart dhcp
	sudo /etc/init.d/dhcp3-server restart
   Reboot thin client.

I don't think there are any more steps in [2], but this is untested so let
us know if that doesn't work (and what errors you see) and we'll figure it

Of [1] and [2] there are advantages in both.  Depending on how many thin
clients you plan to have, [1] may well be the simpler approach and may suit
you better.  With [2] the server will run the 64-bit version of firefox and
it will be difficult to get FLASH (which is 32-bit) working.  If you go
with [1], this should just work.

> so, it is on to plan b.  i want to swap out the main board on the server
> and go with an intel cpu.  are there any "gotchas" i can avoid by picking
> the right motherboard and cpu?  do intel 64 bit cpus pose a problem?  

Abort plan b! You _definitely_ don't need to change the cpu or motherboard.
amd64 machines can run the i386 version of edubuntu just fine.

Let us know how you get on,


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