LTSP set-up at Rm 506

14 07 2003

Hey, guys… long time to see [or hear] [or read]

Well, anyway…. i just want to tell you guys that we now have a stable LTSP setup since early this month. Stable in a sense that the workstations can connect without problems to the server…

But what is LTSP?

The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) from LTSP.org is a project by Jim McQuillan to enable the use of legacy computers using Linux running KDE or GNOME [or any window manager, for that matter]. One of the benefits of using LTSP is you save up on hard disks and you can still use your old classic Pentiums as workstations…

For our server setup, I installed Linux on an AMD Athlon XP 1.8GHz with 1BG of RAM and 80GB of hard disk space [all allocated for /home and mounted as /dev/hdb1]. The workstations are comprised of 16 units of Intel Celerons with 64MB of RAM each and using a 3COM 3C905B-TX LAN card, and 1 unit of a Pentium 200 with 32MB of RAM. All [servers and workstations] are connected together using CAT6 10/100 cables connected to a Linksys 16-port switch.rnrnPreviously, they were conencted to a 3COM hub. But when I started booting all of ‘em up, they started acting weird. Some cannot properly boot, while others experience collision left and right. So, I upgraded to the Linksys switch.

The workstations were booted by a single floppy disk. Disk images for specific LAN cards can be found at Etherboot.org. After booting up, each workstation will forget about their own CPU and RAM, and will just use the LAN card to connect to the server. And they will emulate the server, as if you are actually using the server… cool!!! 🙂

Anyway, do check it out at the LTSP.org site, or if you want to see a live implementation here at APC, just head on out to Room 506 and I’ll be glad to show you how it works…

Ciao, baby… 😎

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