Originally Published: Thursday, 10 August 2000 Author: Erik Dreyer-Goldman
Published to: interact_articles_lugs/Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Cerritos LUG Event - California

Following up on our successful Linux Demo Day I, Cerritos LUG will be holding a Linux Business Solutions Demo Day for Professional Services to include real estate professionals, attorneys, dentists, doctors, accountants, small to medium sized companies interested in harnessing the power of Linux and learning what the Linux buzz is all about! We will demonstrate the Linux terminal server project, Samba, as well as desktops and laptops running different distributions of Linux such as Mandrake and Red Hat.

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Following up on our successful Linux Demo Day I, Cerritos LUG will be holding a Linux Business Solutions Demo Day for Professional Services to include real estate professionals, attorneys, dentists, doctors, accountants, small to medium sized companies interested in harnessing the power of Linux and learning what the Linux buzz is all about! We will demonstrate the Linux terminal server project, Samba, as well as desktops and laptops running different distributions of Linux such as Mandrake and Red Hat.

Cerritos LUG aims to be more than a casual gathering of Linux users. Our goal is to offer our members the knowledge so that they can become proficient in the administration of Linux systems. We plan on offering presentations on a whole range of topics, like running an FTP server, web hosting (Apache), managing users, things an Linux admin does day to day.

The Cerritos Linux Users Group (CLUG) will present the Linux Business Solutions Demo Day Event Sunday, August 27th, 2000 from 12 Noon until 4pm, at Compu-Lation Computer Services and Xenet Web Design Headquarters located on the second floor at 4384 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. There will be raffles, giveaways and a good time for all! There is no admission charge to attend. Please pre-register.

The Linux Terminal Server Project was born out of a need to provide a network solution for a small business. Linux was chosen for its ability to run low-end hardware, the ability of the Xwindow system to support termainls, and its low cost virtually free and customizable.

After much research, Jim McQuillan and company were able to put together a network using a 400MHz Pentium II as a server and a 486 MHz machine with 16 MB of ram with good results. At present they have a customer with 70 workstations running a 400 MHz Pentium II server and terminals with 166MHz Pentiums with 32 MB of ram. After several months of good performance and virtually no problems they decided to put their project on the web so it could be shared. For more information their web site can be accessed at http://www.ltsp.org

One of our members Jim, learned about the project by viewing a demonstration by Kevin Broullette at the Orange County Linux Users Group. This demonstration inspired him to put together a terminal server network on his own. The way the system works is somewhat complex, however building one is not. His hardware consists of an AMD K6-2 500 MHz with 192 MB of ram as the server, and machines ranging from 166 MHz Pentium with 32 MB of ram to a 486 with 8 MB ram as terminals. All worked reasonably well.

To summarize how the system works, when a workstation is booted it does the following: It gets an IP address from a DHC server. It downloads a LINUX kernel from a TFTP server. It mounts its route file system from an NFS server. It loads the Server software into memory and begins executing it. It contacts an XDM server and allows a user to log into it. In most cases all the servers will be running on one machine. For more detail on how it works, see the Web site for very thorough documentation.

The terminals worked reasonably well with Star Office and extremely well browsing the Internet using a DSL connection. Results with Corel Office Suite and VM Ware were not as good, buy may be better using a more powerful server.

The results with the terminal server project, using low-end hardware, confirm that this setup is an economical alternative for a small business situation.

The event is sponsored by The Cerritos Linux Users Group, Compu-Lation Computer Services, Network Systems Integrators and Xenet Web Design/Hosting.

Linux(tm) is the open-source software system developed using the Internet that's revolutionizing the computer industry. The Cerritos Linux Users Group (CLUG) offers local Linux users a forum to share information and experiences helpful to each other. (Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds).

Samba is an open source software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available under the GNU General Public License.

Guest pre-registration, the event agenda and directions are available on the CLUG website: http://www.cerritoslug.org/ For vendor participation, please contact Roger Balleo at sysop@linxsys.com or call 562-860-4725.





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