OckerHill LTSP case study at:-
- 386/486 are ok in theory, but usually in practice defeated by the
Graphics cards. Go for P75 minimum
Some of the early pentium machines
appear fussy about video cards.
Possibly an issue of card not
being backwards compatable to the
older PCI spec.
- 16Mb RAM is ok, but StarOffice, GIMP and window
movement can be
'blocky'. 32Mb no problem
- 3c509 network cards (10Mb) are great, can supply them, with bootroms
via Sandwell LEA
I have piles of generic RTL8139 cards, work
fine with the etherboot code. But no obvious
supplier of ROMS. Other than to see if a
DIY option works. Also have quite a few
D-Link cards, via-rhine chipset, though
a little unusual in using 32 rather than
28 pin ROMS.
- LTSP servers _do_ need tuning....file max in
RAM can be a critical issue. More so than CPU.
- look to use the latest K12LTSP release (currently
Gamma) or the recent
LTS_3.0 release (RPM's). Both good
- LTSP solutions can be provided commercially and as a _managed service_
but not in the Becta sense by a number of companies, names and addresses
supplied off list
The Becta list looks highly political,
also the spec looks "cooked" to the
offerings of certain suppliers.
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