From: Waider (waider at domain waider.ie)
Date: Wed 12 Jun 2002 - 09:59:18 IST
Breathnach, Proinnsias (Dublin) wrote:
> Thought that might be the response <g>
> Driving factor is a saving of over $150 per-head per-annum on Office
> licences - remember Enterprises with 54000 or so minions are in a different
> ballpark where licencing arrangements are concerned !
> They're currently evaluating a few options ... including OO.org on windows
> to break a certain dependance chain <g>
> The machine I'm using (the l'il P133) is only a proof of concept, that we
> _can_ get a secured, minimal desktop install that'll run OO.org (in some
> form) and able to load documents from an SMB shared drive (curiosly samba's
> doing that already from Solaris boxen !)
The aforementioned X Terminal option might not be a bad thing to
consider; a sufficiently big-ass server with nice shiny dumb desktops.
Or a hybrid, perhaps, where some amount of work is done locally but big
stuff ends up sitting on the server.
Jamie Zawinski did some doco on building a kiosk-type machine, which
runs a desktop and boots (using BOOTP, essentially) from a server. While
it's not exactly what you're looking for, it does cover a pretty basic
RedHat install that gives you a working desktop. Check the software
section of http://www.jwz.org/, or have a look at http://www.dnalounge.com/
-- waider at domain waider.ie / Yes, it /is/ very personal of me
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