12 Aug 2008 11:50
Re: openthinclient is not really a thin client?
Martin Kreiner <m.kreiner@...>
2008-08-12 09:50:44 GMT
2008-08-12 09:50:44 GMT
hi andres, Andres Toomsalu schrieb: > Hi there, > I'm trying out openthinclient server and it has been raising some questions: > 1) first I noticed that running applications is really slow (for example > firefox) using HP T5135 terminal - little debugging showed that > applications are not running on the server side but perhaps on thin > client directly? > Is this really so? Usually thin client systems login into remote desktop > (into server) not executing desktop and dektop applications applications > locally (or it could be intentional addition but not default behaviour). > So you also run gnome dektop session directly on thin client? I would > call this kind of system a fat client server then - as it is not really > suitable for use with thin client hardware. > you are right. the applications you configure by the openthinclient manager run locally. and yes, i would call firefox a fat client application as well but it runs quite snappy on current thin client hardware (VIA 1GHz/1.5GHz, 256/512MB RAM). right now the HP T5135 (Via Eden 400 MHz, 128MB RAM) is kind of low end thin client hardware. to use your thin client as simple X-terminal (like ltsp) you can easily configure this by the openthinclient manager (have a look at the kiosk mode section: http://openthinclient.org/tiki-index.php?page_ref_id=82). > 2) As I understand there is possibility to use xnest or gdm chooser for > connecting into remote X server - but what about remote audio and local > media support then? Not supported? Any plans to support in future? How? > well remote audio and local media "via XDMCP" is not supported yet. local media could be easily exported via NFS (a NFS server is already running in the openthinclient os). but remote audio needs quite some more hacking . maybe x2go or FreeNX is the way we go. > On the other side openthinclient manager seems to be well designed and > really anticipated tool that has been missing in the open source thin > client community - but why not to marry it with ltsp5 codebase which has > now all typical thin client system features needed (and has a quite > large dev community) instead having more like a fat client codebase > based on ubuntu which lacks some basic features making a true thin > client system? > openthinclient didn't start as an open source project. it went open source after two years of development. that's why it's a separate project yet. but we would like to marry it with ltsp or thinstation or both . in my opinion the open source thin client projects should align with each other. but this isn't an easy approach and will take additional resources and time. i can try to initiate this topic by contacting the thin client dev community and we might get a federation soon . feel free to do so as well! cheers, martin ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This SF.Net email is sponsored by the Moblin Your Move Developer's challenge Build the coolest Linux based applications with Moblin SDK & win great prizes Grand prize is a trip for two to an Open Source event anywhere in the world http://moblin-contest.org/redirect.php?banner_id=100&url=/