LTSP - Linux Terminal Server
Luca Foppiano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What is LTSP?
How it work!
Why is useful?
These slides are derived by Jim
McQuillan slides. You can find
original one directly here.
What is LTSP? /1
● Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is an
add-on package for Linux that allows
many people to simultaneously use the
● Applications run on the server with a
terminal known as a “thin client” handling
input and output.
● These thin clients are also known as X
Terminals. Generally, they are low-
powered and lack a hard disk.
What is LTSP? /2
● This technology is becoming popular in
schools as it allows pupils access to
computers without purchasing expensive
● Some examples of distributions using
LTSP are K12LTSP, Skolelinux and
● Old computers can easily be turned into
A sample infrastructure
● Thin client
● Old PCs
● Install the ltsp-utils package
– RPM for Redhat,Suse,Mandrake, etc...
– .deb for debian and friends
– .tgz tarballs for everybody else
● Run ltspadmin
– This will download the packages that
make up the root filesystem for the thin
● LTSP and Thin client allow cost saving
● Example: Imagine a school where 50
client need to be updated:
– Case 1: buy new 30 clients: ~700x30 € =
– Case 2: buy only a new server and reuse
old workstations as thin clients: ~5000€
● ltsp_discuss mailing list
● IRC (#ltsp on irc.freenode.net)