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Linux 2002
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4 - 7 July 2002
Bristol

Mike Banahan - GBdirect Ltd.

Using the Linux Terminal Server Project in a Development Environment

Motivated initially by the inconvenience of managing multiple desktop systems, and more than a little by a desire to remove the sources of noise in the office, GBdirect switched over to using thin-client X terminals based on the LTSP code almost two years ago.

Since then we have grown used to the convenience, manageability and very much reduced costs of such a simple setup. We have benefitted from the ease of management that is gained by using a single central application server and the surprising level of performance that low-cost hardware can offer. Our estimates for the cost of adding a new member of staff are a fraction of what they used to be, since the terminals are commodity cast-off hardware and the current applications server is showing no signs of strain.

Having single point of software upgrade has significantly eased the process of keeping systems in step and up to date. Our choice of Debian for the server is also considered to have reduced our day-to-day running costs. Hot-desking - or at least being independent of which desk to use - proves to be very handy at times and is an automatic feature of our current configuration. Physical security is also an issue in our location. Cheap network hardware and throwaway terminals coupled with a server secured in the boiler-room have made it easier to sleep at night.

This talk outlines the issues, the tactics and the solution deployed, our experinces and recommendations to others thinking of taking the same route. A practical demonstration will also form part of the talk.


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