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Xterm vs diskless client

I have question... as recently posted, I just received a
little "linux" terminal by Siemens/Fujitsu (Scovery 211).  The system
is a 200MHz IDT Winchip with 64 MB of memory and a ATI Rage IIc (4MB).
It's also got 10/100 MB ethernet with boot rom AND a 16MB flash card
that plugs into the IDE bus and looks like  disk.

Let me simply say that $125, this is the coolest toy I've had in a while!
It makes NO noise!

At this point, I am booting the preloaded linux which then XDMCP's from
my server in the basement.  It work's great.

I also want to try the custom build a current kernel and build a network
bootable image.  Here comes my question...

When I plan my network bootable image, should I stick with a XDMCPing
client, or should I go to a true diskless client which mounts everything
from the network.  My server is pretty beefy (Dual 266MHz PII, SCSI, etc)
and there's the SWAP over NFS concerns, thus my initial opinion is that
XDMCP is the way to go.


| christoph
| linuxguy at

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