Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 234048
LTSP 5 support needed
Last modified: 2014-03-16 23:06:01 EDT
Description of problem:
LTSP in version 5 has been completely rewritten and requires Fedora to support
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. install Fedora Core 6
2. attempt to get LTSP 5 running
Cannot get LTSP 5 running.
A working LTSP 5
Reassigning to distribution.
Read ya, Phil
Erm... I'm going to need a few more details about what you expect to happen with
I'd like Fedora to support LTSP so that clients running over network would
execute a Fedora installation.
"Ltsp-5 on Other distributions
Our goal is for all distros to provide LTSP integration."
What I'm asking here is the Fedora LTSP integration. I'm assuming that you know
what LTSP is and what it is used for. So, what is needed is a chrooted
installation of Fedora inside a Fedora installation. To be clear: this chrooted
installation need not to be run by the host computer, but need to be accessed by
the LTSP-clients. This is not a virtualization case.
Basically it boils down to two things:
1) booting over network: PXE or etherboot loaded kernel+InitRD needs to activate
a NIC and mount a NFS-root to access rest of the distro
2) package management: both the host installation and LTSP installation need
All this cannot be achieved without direct support and participation from Fedora
But what does "support" mean? You can create chroots in Fedora, you can use yum
in chroots to update the chroot, you can use yum outside the chroot to update
the host. I'm not sure what's "missing" that you need "support" for.
Ok. Where is this chroot-installation documented?
In the LTSP wiki there is a page regarding distro integration:
Also, that does not solve the booting. Basic assumption is that a thin-client
does not have any storage space in it and default InitRD does not survive the
In order to get a thin-client booting properly, you need to load the client
configuration. For this LTSP provides a framework. What would be nice to have is
a Fedora RPMs of that.
Does that clarify the situation?
Well, mock can be used to create a chroot of packages, or yum could generically
with --installroot options. Maybe what's missing is some easy to use
application to do it for you.
It doesn't clarify much, but given that Fedora is open to the community and
anybody can bring new packages in, what's stopping you from creating said
packages and going through the review process to get the package in Fedora?
My understanding is that this goes beyond just Fedora in a chroot. LTSP support
would invole having transparent support for sound, local devices, printers, etc.
on the thin clients (user workstations). Apparently ubuntu is the farthest along
with integrating LTSP support into the distribution. Although I didn't get it
running, I took a quick look at Ubuntu, and the general idea seems to be that
you install some LTSP packages, and then run a binary or script to build the
FWIW, and in case you're not familiar with LTSP, it's a really great program (we
run approximately 180 workstations from a few LTSP servers), and getting support
for it integrated into Fedora would be fantastic. We currently use LTSP 4.2,
which is the last version done before switching to the "integrate with
distributions" strategy. It works really well, but LTSP 5 would bring much
better sound & device support.
I'm fully aware of what LTSP is. However just saying generically "Fedora needs
support for it" doesn't help at all. What specifically is needed from which
parts of software? Each part should get the individual feature request to be
handled. And if Ubuntu were being a good OSS citizen, their changes would be
going upstream and everybody would benefit from them.
(In reply to comment #8)
> I'm fully aware of what LTSP is. However just saying generically "Fedora needs
> support for it" doesn't help at all. What specifically is needed from which
> parts of software? Each part should get the individual feature request to be
There seems to be a Grand Canyon sized gap between us.
I, for example, do not have enough knowledge about Fedora's details to break the
request down into individual feature requests. To my understanding a group
effort involving various parts of Fedora is required anyway. That's where your
and Fedora Project's help is required to get LTSP supported.
Mock-package seems promising. Is there documentation or somebody to contact
regarding init ram-disk? My guess is that default kernel would do the trick if a
proper InitRD would be present. That combined with something mock-ish would be a
step to the right direction.
Bugzilla is horrible for this. Please start a conversation on
email@example.com so that more interested parties can chime in and
start fleshing out what it is that is needed of Fedora.
You can have a look at
Crap, I meant look at Bug 188611
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 188611 ***