LTSP - Linux Terminal Server
           Project
 Luca Foppiano <luca.foppiano@lolug.net>
Summary
                     What is LTSP?
                     How it work!
                   Why is useful?
           ...
What is LTSP? /1
●   Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is an
    add-on package for Linux that allows
    many people t...
What is LTSP? /2
●   This technology is becoming popular in
    schools as it allows pupils access to
    computers withou...
A sample infrastructure




Clients:
●   Thin client
●   Old PCs
Thin Client Terminals
How to work /1
Services accessed by client:
  –   DHCP server
  –   TFTP
  –   NFS
  –   XDMCP
How to work /2
Installing LTSP
●   Install the ltsp-utils package
    –   RPM for Redhat,Suse,Mandrake, etc...
    –   .deb for debian an...
Costs
●   LTSP and Thin client allow cost saving
●   Example: Imagine a school where 50
    client need to be updated:
   ...
More info
●   www.ltsp.org
●   wiki.ltsp.org
●   ltsp_discuss mailing list
●   IRC (#ltsp on irc.freenode.net)
●   www.k12...
Thanks
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  1. 1. LTSP - Linux Terminal Server Project Luca Foppiano <luca.foppiano@lolug.net>
  2. 2. Summary What is LTSP? How it work! Why is useful? Costs comparison Credits These slides are derived by Jim McQuillan slides. You can find original one directly here.
  3. 3. What is LTSP? /1 ● Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is an add-on package for Linux that allows many people to simultaneously use the same computer. ● 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.
  4. 4. What is LTSP? /2 ● This technology is becoming popular in schools as it allows pupils access to computers without purchasing expensive desktop machines. ● Some examples of distributions using LTSP are K12LTSP, Skolelinux and Edubuntu. ● Old computers can easily be turned into thin clients.
  5. 5. A sample infrastructure Clients: ● Thin client ● Old PCs
  6. 6. Thin Client Terminals
  7. 7. How to work /1 Services accessed by client: – DHCP server – TFTP – NFS – XDMCP
  8. 8. How to work /2
  9. 9. Installing LTSP ● 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 clients.
  10. 10. Costs ● 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 € = 21000€ – Case 2: buy only a new server and reuse old workstations as thin clients: ~5000€
  11. 11. More info ● www.ltsp.org ● wiki.ltsp.org ● ltsp_discuss mailing list ● IRC (#ltsp on irc.freenode.net) ● www.k12ltsp.org ● www.rom-o-matic.net ● DisklessWorkstations.com
  12. 12. Thanks
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