[sf-lug] Diskless Workstation/Fat Client

Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
Tue Oct 2 15:25:31 PDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-10-02 at 15:13 -0700, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> hi 
> 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. 

I'm a little confused - are you using Thin Client or Fat Client/Diskless
Workstation? We're specifically trying to avoid Thin Client because of
the hardware setup we have...

Thanks, Tom


Tom Haddon
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