[ubuntu-za] Thin Client on Ubuntu 8.04

Hilton Theunissen hilton at inkululeko.co.za
Fri Sep 19 05:33:02 BST 2008


Hi Barry

Are running ltsp at a school?

Kind regards.

Hilton Theunissen
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Barry Wyatt wrote:
> Hey Jonathan,
> 
> Thanks for getting back to me, thought I had got lost among all the
> "Re-installing Feisty" stuff.
> 
> The big question - what version of Ubuntu were you running in your thin
> client application?
> 
> I am a total beginner at Linux/Ubuntu and am beginning to think the Thin
> Client project was a little ambitious to start with.
> 
> One of my machines is a 6x86L-PR200+  150 MHz  65536K memory   
> Bios 1984-96
> (Way older than five years :-)
> 
> It runs Kernel 2.6.15-51-386 fine (whatever that is) - no GUI.
> 
> Hope this makes sense to you.
> 
> Seeing that the machines are older than five years is there another
> solution to get these to run a reasonable version of Edubuntu?  This is
> the kind of machine that is "freely" available.  If I could buy multiple
> units of modern hardware I would not have to go thin client.
> 
> Regards
> Barry
> 
> 
> 
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> 
> On Thu, 2008-09-18 at 17:03 +0200, Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) wrote:
>> Hi Barry
>>
>> Barry Wyatt wrote:
>>> Anyone had any luck installing old pcs as thin clients?
>> I would say that I've had success with them before, yes.
>>
>>> I am still struggling to get thin client working on Hardy.  The server
>>> works, I can PXE in with my Laptop - no problems, works well.
>>>
>>> I am now trying to etherboot three old PCs (the reason I want to go thin
>>> client) - downloads kernel, but after RESET I get a kernel panic.
>> If you get to a stage where you're getting a kernel, then it doesn't 
>> sound like it's an Etherboot problem, at least.
>>
>>> I tried installing Hardy on the actual machines from live CD and the
>>> installation hung - are the machines just too old to run Hardy?  Surely
>>> not.
>>>
>>> I keep reading useful threads to find out they are for an older version
>>> of Ubuntu and don't have the correct paths etc.  
>> How old are these machines? Machines with very low amounts of RAM (less 
>> than 32MB) or very old CPU's (more than 5 years old) aren't really 
>> appropriate for LTSP thin clients anymore. There's a slight chance that 
>> there might be some hardware incompatibility that causes it. What kind 
>> of machine/model is it?
>>
>> -Jonathan
>>
>>
> 
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