On Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 04:31:49PM -0800, john wrote:
> > See:
> > https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=320592
> Looks good. Is Pessulus becoming the new front end from Gconf setting
> for LTSP users?
Well, part of the reason why I jumped in with a mission to re-vitalize the
Sabayon/Pessulus project is because, to a large extent, LTSP is now "Stable"
and "Feature Complete". It does such wonderful things as clustering,
localapps, fat clients, etc, that 5 years ago were just a dream. We have other things in
store for it, like re-writing LDM to become proper PAM application, but these
improvements are aimed at making what we already have more
reliable/maintainable/extensible, etc. But the fact still remains: LTSP does
just about everything you might conceivably think of with a thin client.
However, once most people install their LTSP lab/network/office, they stand
there, arms akimbo, admiring their handywork, and say, "Great! It all works
fantastically! So, now, how do I manage it all?"
And that's when the sound of crickets begins to be heard.
Now, keep in mind: this isn't really an LTSP problem to solve: LTSP's about
making a thin client possible, and making it easy to roll out a large number
of thin client workstations. We're not about managing the desktop, only
delivery of the desktop to the user.
You'd hear exactly the same set of crickets chirping if you rolled out 30 full
GNOME desktop machines as opposed to 30 thin clients.
The GNU/Linux desktop has come a huge way, and I feel pretty confident in
saying that, for all but a few instances/exceptions, it can easily fill the
desktop roll in Business or the Home. Where it's falling down right at the
moment is in post-installation management. How does an administrator EASILY
manage 200 GNOME desktops? It's hard without getting into a lot of manual
execution of gconf commands, and those would need to be executed per
That's where Sabayon/Pessulus come in, and other technologies which currently
don't work correctly, like evoldap. As a new GNOME foundation member, I've
decided to make it my goal to improve this area within GNOME, if for no other
selfish reason than to make my OWN job as a GNU/Linux desktop administrator
easier. Of course, you'll all benefit as well
> > I haven't had a chance to get to it, but post-Lucid, it's one of the things
> > I'll be looking at.
> Awesome. Hope it makes it way into a Lucid back-port in the future as well.
Yeah, I'll be maintaing lots of Lucid backports, as that's what I'll be using
for the next 2 years.
> I appreciate your work. You must hold some kind of record for LTSP
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