[sf-lug] Diskless Workstation/Fat Client

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 15:13:00 PDT 2007


On 10/2/07, Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> For the HVLC project, we're looking into the possibility of doing a fat
> client/diskless workstation setup. Essentially what this means is the
> local hardware resources of the clients are being used, but the
> filesystem is centrally managed/updated.

This is exactly what we are doing in our public middle school project.
Here's what I have learned from doing so:

1)  your users will always demand more resource intensive apps than you
planned.  So plan for that.  heh

2)  To anticipate item # 1) above, you should try to max out the RAM, the
NICs, the eth cables, the switches and the CPUs in the server and the
clients within the budget you have avalable.  You want to make sure you have
a GB network.

I would actually love to have anyone who is interested come over to see how
our network is configured.  We are using Edubuntu.

Coincidentally, if you are looking for vendors to supply your needs, I can
make three recommendations:  Steve Hargadon of TechnologyRescue.com or Earl
Malmrose of Zareason.com, or Yochai Gal of Techcollective.com.  All of them
have helped out with thin client technology at our school, and they are all
passionate, knowledgeable, and reliable.
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