[sf-lug] Diskless Workstation/Fat Client

Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
Tue Oct 2 15:43:18 PDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-10-02 at 15:31 -0700, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> hi 
> On 10/2/07, Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net> wrote:
>         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...
> We have a mix.  All of our clients have hard drives, but some of them
> have Windows 98 installed on the HDs, simply because we have not been
> able to get any Linux live CDs to boot on those systems for the
> purpose on installing to get a swap partition.  But I would definitely
> recommend that you have HDs and that you install Linux natively on
> each HD so that you can get a swap partition in the event you exceed
> the memory capacity on individual systems' RAM. 

Hi Christian,

By "Fat Client/Diskless Workstation" I don't mean a fully operational OS
installed on the local disk. I mean the OS is installed on the server,
you boot from the network and then mount the root filesystem from the
server - effectively your hard disk is on the server but all other
resources (RAM, CPU, display, etc.) are being run from the local

I think from what you've said here, you're using Edubuntu in a Thin
Client setting (and then some machines non-Edubuntu for the reasons
outlined above). We're not trying to go that route because our server
doesn't have sufficient resources and our clients have much better
resources (relatively speaking).

Thanks, Tom


Tom Haddon
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