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Re: [K12OSN] Seeking advice and help combining K12LTSP, OpenMosix and ThinStation to create one large project



Hello,

K12LTSP is Fedora based but the terminals don't load
fedora linux. The treminal runs on a totally different
os than the server. They load a special stripped-down
version of linux based on the 2.4 kernel. If you
google arround for LTSP and OpenMosix you will find
tutorials and some special kernals that have OpenMosix
support already compiled in. To be real nice, I will
include one link on the LTSP page:

http://www.ltsp.org/contrib/ltsp-om5r3c.html

I hope this helps.

Chris

--- Jon Spriggs <jon spriggs gmail com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Over the past year or so, I've been very interested
> in the Thinstation
> and K12LTSP projects, and in the last couple of
> weeks, the OpenMosix
> project has interested me even further...
> 
> I know that there were HowTo: documents for
> incorporating OpenMosix
> into K12LTSP version 3.x, but I know that K12LTSP is
> now on version
> 4.2 - will this make a big difference?
> 
> I've noticed that OpenMosix works with the 2.4.26
> kernel, but K12LTSP
> is based on Fedora Core 3 - which uses a 2.6 based
> kernel. I'm not a
> kernel hacker (infact, I've only ever had one
> successful
> kernel-build), so I don't really know how much
> difference there is
> between a 2.4 kernel and a 2.6 kernel. Would there
> be much to gain (or
> lose?) from regressing the K12LTSP 2.6 based kernel
> to a 2.4 kernel?
> 
> I know that for OpenMosix to work correctly, it
> needs the same kernel
> version between all kernels on the cluster -
> therefore, I presume I'd
> need to build the same kernel for the Thinstation
> project (so chosen
> because I may be using both Windows and Linux
> terminal servers on my
> estate). Is it particularly difficult to build a
> kernel with OpenMosix
> in for Thinstation? Would it be worth approaching
> the Thinstation
> developer team about building an OpenMosix based
> package? Maybe even
> asking them to include the OpenMosix packages into
> the Kernels they
> distribute.
> 
> Essentially, what I'm not looking to do here is
> build a new project
> from scratch - I'm far too disorganised and lose my
> focus a little too
> quickly for that, but what I'd like to do is
> organise three mutually
> compatible projects into one core product which can
> be used to help
> the educational world teach and learn, and to help
> the business world
> work smarter with the increased drive towards server
> based computing.
> 
> I know this work is already done as individual
> projects, and K12LTSP
> already does some of the work that Thinstation does,
> but Thinstation
> allows you to have a local filesystem, without being
> overly dependent
> on DHCP and TFTP servers. Maybe I'm being a little
> overly ambitious,
> but I think this could be a really great project.
> 
> I'd welcome any comments, positive or negative -
> especially from
> anyone who may have done any work along the same
> lines, or who can
> suggest alternative projects which may also fall
> well into the same
> tree?
> 
> -- 
> Jon "The Nice Guy" Spriggs
> 
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