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Description of Talk:
The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) and EtherBoot will be discussed and demoed at this meeting. In a nutshell, LTSP provides thin-client Linux diskless workstations. These workstations could be built to have no local floppy, CD-ROM or hard drive, similar to an X-terminal. Given a network card with boot ROM, all software components of the Linux operating system would be downloaded from a boot server and then NFS and X are used to provide access to files and terminal sessions on one or more host computers.
LTSP version 3.0 has been recently released and it supports the following Linux distributions: RedHat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian, Caldera and Conectiva. See the LTSP home page for further information. The Linux Diskless Nodes How-To (see link below) describes a variety of uses for diskless workstations.
EtherBoot is a software package for creating boot ROM images for various network cards. The Boot ROM on an Ethernet Adaptor Card (usually purchased from the manufacturer, or freely available via EtherBoot) allows a computer to boot over the network, in a similar manner as it would boot off of a floppy, CD-ROM or hard disk.
1. LTSP Project http://www.ltsp.org 2. EtherBoot Project http://www.etherboot.org 3. Rom-O-Matic http://www.rom-o-matic.net 4. Linux Diskless Nodes How-To http://www.ibiblio.org/Linux/HOWTO/Diskless-HOWTO.html
O'Reilly has provided us with various giveaways (books, t-shirts, etc).
Andrew Williams has been using Linux for about 8 years, and has been a member of LTSP since December 2000. He is a project testor, and takes takes care of the Local Audio Package and WebCam packages. Andy said the WebCam project was the first to provide a thin client live WebCam. Andy was part of the LTSP team exhibiting at the last Linux Expo in NYC, and he had set up the live WebCam from the LTSP booth.
Andy is also involved with the E-Stations Project in NJ, which is being put together by the NJ Dept of Transportation, NJ Transit, NJIT, Mayors office and Crest Community Development Network.
VarTech Solutions is a small computer consulting company located in Newark, NJ. VarTech offers the following services: network services, build and repair, system sales. VarTech also runs a CyberCafe type environment, based on LTSP, which is available to the public and is used for teaching inner-city youth the Linux Operating System.
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.
This now includes salads and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna, grilled eggplant, pasta salad, Caesar salad)!
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!