Selling Linux ??
Julian C. Dunn - Lists
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Mon Dec 1 02:56:58 UTC 2003
On Sun, 2003-11-30 at 19:24, William Park wrote:
> 1. Does anyone know who is currently selling (Linux based) X-terminals?
> X-terminal is the "canonical" solution for many situations. And, recent
> development in PXE network booting makes
> Etherboot, Netboot, Rom-a-matic, LTSP (Linux Terminal Server
> Project), Mknbi-linux, Imggen, ...
> all obsolete. If you have 3c905 (what I have), then you can boot
> over network without above packages. I'm told you can also do that
> with Intel's ethernet card, as expected since PXE is Intel spec.
*Some* of those components would be obsolete with PXE. Etherboot/Netboot
in particular. However LTSP has to do with the infrastructure on the
server-side, so it is by no means obsoleted by the ability to netboot
within the NIC's firmware.
> 2. Do you think there is much demand for 2, 3, or 4 users logging onto
> single computer? ie. "Linux mainframe".
> That is, multiple sets of monitors, keyboards, and mouses hooked up
> to single computer; much like serial terminals, but with XDM. This
> would be primarily aimed at home market, where you want to have one
> computer serving 2, 3, or 4 users, but don't want to buy 2, 3, or 4
> separate computers.
Earlier this year a fellow from a company called Display Works (?) did a
presentation at TLUG about how he converted his company's internal staff
to all use diskless X terminals running off a few Compaq servers running
Linux with LTSP. I'm sure someone has the slides from his presentation
sitting around somewhere.
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