PXE Boot Cinelerra Render Farm

Joshua Gardner mellowcellofellow at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 01:01:50 UTC 2010

I've actually been experimenting with LTSP "Fat Clients" (LTSP
normally uses thin clients.) It's not that much different from a
normal LTSP thin client and I can easily customize installed software.
I've gotten it working now, at least on one of the target laptops.
Another one I just tried but it won't boot, and I don't have access to
it anymore to figure it out.

Anyway, information on making LTSP Fat Clients can by found here.


On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:16 PM, Angus MacGyver
<macgyver at calibre-solutions.co.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-08-17 at 08:29 +0800, Christopher Chan wrote:
>> > I know with enough tinkering I can get this working. But I'd really
>> > like some tips, especially on setting up the PXE environment and
>> > creating the customized system that they will be booting. If I'm barking
>> > up the wrong tree, and there's an easier way, let me know. I'm not keen
>> > on a rendering taking 5 hours. I can't install Ubuntu permanently on the
>> > laptops.
>> I assume you have already got the initrd image sorted. Now, all you need
>> is pxelinux which should work with any PXE 2.0 compatible NIC as grub
>> does not support PXE directly but needs nic drivers. If your images can
>> take hostnames from dhcp, fine, if not, then you have to hardcode them
>> into each of your images. Likewise, you will need to do the same in
>> dhcpd.conf.
>> >
>> > So, again, tips on setting up PXE servers and on making customized live
>> > environments greatly appreciated, especially with the NFS stuff.
>> There is no such thing as a PXE server. PXE just talks to a dhcp server
>> for parameters. You just need to setup a dhcp server and a tftp server
>> on the same box. If you want /usr on NFS, you can do that too. The dhcp
>> server will tell the PXE bootcode the location of the pxelinux.0.
>> pxelinux will then look for the boot configuration file which will tell
>> it what kernel image and what initrd image to load and then execute the
>> kernel. That is all there is to it.
>> dhcpd server and tftpd server on the same box. Therefore, pxelinux.0 and
>> its config(s) for all or each box will also reside there.
> Ok...
> I'm interested- this sounds cool.. (I've used Cinelerra a bit for a
> project I did last year)
> I also got a PXE boot environment, that either boots to a "which version
> of 8.04 do you want to install" or full on LTSP environment..
> Not quite what you are after, but the PXE bit is there and working.
> So I did some digging around for the rest, and found this..
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1112209
> You have effectively got an image sorted - so judging by the guide
> linked above you may be able to put you image in place of the ones as
> listed (Clonezilla/Ubuntu live CD)
> I am gonna give this a whirl myself in the next few days (maybe not with
> the Cinelerra, I don't know enough on setting up clients for rendering,
> nor have anything TO render - but at least the "live boot" CD) - I'll
> report on my milage.
> AM
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