Dr. PeoplePlaces -or How I learned to stop worrying and love Terminal Servers

Michael Blinn, Staunton Entrepreneur, Giv2Giv Founder, and People Places CIO will delight and amaze you with the magical feats of his miraculous diskless environment.

BE AMAZED, by tiny diskless desktops!

EXPERIENCE THE TITILLATION, of the size of his central server!

THRILL at the sheer magnitude of his network throughput!


Less Theatrical Version:

Michael Blinn will walk you through an Ubuntu-base LTSP.org (Linux Terminal Server Project) installation.  Then he will talk about some of the benefits and drawback of diskless environment computing based on his experience with several installations he has actively in place and is presently supporting.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    The presentation was great!

    March 22, 2013

  • Thad H.

    It was good to spend an evening with fellow techies.

    March 21, 2013

  • Jr L.

    It's great to have a tech meetup in Staunton. Thanks to LC for organizing and hosting! The terminal server talk was good - thanks Michael!

    March 21, 2013

  • Michael B.

    And thank you to LightCastle for the space, beer and food. Such wonderful digs and groovy folks make it a joy to congregate.

    March 21, 2013

  • Michael B.

    I had to know why the client didn't 'just work' - I inadvertently introduced a gotchya. Somewhere around 5:50 when firing up the demo server I went rogue, and didn't follow Gnome NetworkManager's rules for adding a network interface. When I manually edited /etc/network/interfaces it played havoc with nbd-server, so when the client phoned home for a root image, the nbd-server server wasn't listening. Moral? Always RTFM. (You'd think I would have learned that by now ;)

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Thank you all, I'm honored!

    The site I mentioned that makes nice, back-o-the-monitor/VESA-mountable clients is mini-box.com. Quick shipping, reasonable prices on build-your-own or pre-built thin clients. I've found the sweet spot to be an integrated ~1GHz Intel Atom board w/ 1GB RAM. Get something small enough to be fanless. It'll be plenty snappy.

    If you want something a bit more ..explicit.. you can still enjoy six USB ports, dual-monitor serious-resolution HDMI-outs as long as you're full-duplex (=using switches) 1000BASE-T. Just build a small dual-core box w/ 2GB and a quiet fan.

    I'm really glad you enjoyed it. If anyone would like to come by People Places on North Augusta in Staunton to check out the setup you're more than welcome. Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are also possible, but I don't as frequently visit those offices.

    March 21, 2013

  • Riley C.

    I'm laying in bed shopping for ltsp clients. Thanks for getting me enthused about it again!

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Dan F.

    Michael did a fantastic job as a presenter. He's confortable in front of an audience, sets people at ease, answers questions honestly and directly, and provided an interesting presentation backed by a demonstration of the technology at work. I really enjoyed learning about LTSP and I'm delighted to see it being applied with such skill.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Tamara F.

    Fantastic presentation!

    March 20, 2013

  • Josh B.


    March 12, 2013

  • Michael B.


    February 21, 2013

  • Michael B.

    With this kind of intro, I'd better bring my A-game.

    1 · February 21, 2013

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