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Cutting-edge LTSP

June 17th, 2009 by

openSUSE 11.2 development started a while back, now that we have passed Milestone2, development work on KIWI-LTSP using openSUSE 11.2 base has started, with that we get a host of new features.

The highlights of new packages:
– Uses clicfs for NBD/AOE root image. clicfs: Compressed Loop Image Container is a file system created by Stephan Kulow. So we do not need squashfs and aufs anymore for LTSP images. Clicfs gives better compression, image size is about 10% smaller than same image created using squashfs.
– Kernel 2.6.30
New look by Samyak Bhuta
– New xorg, CONFIGURE_X in lts.conf no longer necessary

The packages are available in server:ltsp repository.

Follow these instructions to test the development packages on already configured LTSP server:

#Take backup so system can be restored as it is if something do go wrong
mv /srv/kiwi-ltsp/i386.img /srv/kiwi-ltsp/i386-squashfs.img
mv /srv/tftpboot/boot /srv/tftpboot/boot-old
#remove current images
rpm -e kiwi-ltsp-prebuilt kiwi-ltsp-bootimages --nodeps
#add repository and install development packages
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/server:/ltsp/openSUSE_11.1 server:ltsp
zypper in kiwi-ltsp-bootimages-unstable kiwi-ltsp-prebuilt-unstable

Bugs, feature requests go here. See http://en.opensuse.org/LTSP#Communicate for more ways to give feedback.

Happy testing…

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