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Re: [K12OSN] Mobile Wireless Lab?



I saw the Sourceforge file but I was a bit put off by the date.  I'll
try it out.

I suppose my other option is to install a really minimal fat client,
get the wireless support working, and then setup the desktop to run
apps remotely.  I really would prefer not to though.  If only because
it means having to install Linux 20 times.

Does anybody have a suggestion for a Linux desktop for older machines
that has good wireless support?

Has anybody tried Thinstation, PXES, or any other thin solutions with
wireless laptops?

- Casey

On 4/15/05, Rob Owens <hick518 yahoo com> wrote:
> http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/ltsp/wireless_ltsp-3.0.5-i386.tgz?download
> 
> This is the link to the wireless files you need.  If
> you download and untar it, you'll find instructions on
> how to use it.  Basically you create a boot floppy
> which includes a kernel and then does all the nice
> ltsp stuff.
> 
> I tried it with an old laptop and haven't gotten it to
> work yet.  I'm using a wired pcmcia card and I'm
> suspecting that it might be incompatible w/ the
> drivers on the boot floppy.  Included in the
> documentation is a very short list of cards that were
> tested and confirmed to work, and my Xircom card is
> not on that list.
> 
> My laptop only has 16MB of RAM, but I have NFS swap
> enabled and the laptop never manages to mount the root
> tree on the server, so I think the low RAM is not the
> show stopper.  If anybody has any suggestions, I'd
> appreciate it.
> 
> -Rob
> 
> 
> --- Casey Woods <casey woods gmail com> wrote:
> > I've done a search on Wireless LTSP and the
> > information seems a bit
> > sketchy and there are a lot of gaps.  I hear rumors
> > of a wireless LTSP
> > package but I'm having a tough time finding details
> > or a HOWTO.
> >
> > I have a mobile lab that includes 20 laptops.  All
> > are Pentium 2 233s.
> > Not sure what brand, but I'm going to guess Dell.
> > All classrooms are
> > wired, so they just plugin an access point, boot up
> > the laptops with
> > Win98 and off they go.   Slowly....
> >
> > We'd like to convert these laptops to thin clients.
> > Is it possible to
> > net boot with a PCMCIA wireless card?  I believe the
> > cards are 802.11G
> > so the network connection should be fast enough if I
> > can get them to
> > connect.  Could I install LTSP client software on
> > the local hard drive?
> > What are the chances it will work with my network
> > card?  I'll do
> > whatever it takes!
> >
> > If I can get this to work then they may hold a
> > parade in my honor.
> > You're all invited.
> >
> > I'd be interested to hear from you if you've got
> > this working.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Casey Woods
> > Calgary Alberta
> >
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