Multisession Workstations

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Press F1 for bash, F2 for Windows, F3 for Ubuntu, F4 for Mac OS and F5 for Citrix. Linux makes it all possible, and you don't even need a hard drive!
Controlling Session Access

LTSP also lets you provide settings for groups or workstations or for individual workstations, identified by IP address, MAC address or hostname. This allows you to set which sessions are seen on which workstations and even to configure specific hardware for that workstation. The following lts.conf file shows an example of how this can be done:

[default]
    SCREEN_01       = shell

[LINUXER]
    SCREEN_03       = ldm

[12:34:56:78:9a:bc]
    XSERVER         = ati
    X_MOUSE_DEVICE  = /dev/ttyS0
    SCREEN_03       = ldm
    SCREEN_05       = citrix

[192.168.0.4]
    SCREEN_04       = vnc1

Conclusion

You could fill a book with examples of uses and configurations for LTSP. I've been working with it since version 1.0, going on ten years now, and with each new version, there are useful new features. For further technical information on the project, go to the LTSP Wiki, and if you get a chance, please support the project with a small donation.

Jorge Salgado is a Senior Infrastructure Consultant. He holds MCTS, NCLP9 and LPIC1 certifications and spends most of his time pushing companies to get the best from Citrix, VMware and Linux technologies. He lives in the Queretaro area and can be contacted at jsalgado@smart4lan.com.

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