Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is a free and open source terminal server for Linux that allows many people to simultaneously use the same computer. Applications run on the server with a terminal known as a thin client (also known as an X terminal) handling input and output. Generally, terminals are low-powered, lack a hard disk and are quieter and more reliable than desktop computers because they do not have any moving parts.
This technology is becoming popular in schools as it allows the school to provide pupils access to computers without purchasing or upgrading expensive desktop machines. Improving access to computers becomes less costly as "new" thin client machines can be older computers that are no longer suitable for running a full desktop OS. By extending the useful life of obsolescent computers, costs can be cut. Even a relatively slow CPU with as little as 128MB of RAM can deliver excellent performance as a thin client. In addition, the use of centralized computing resources means that more performance can be gained for less money through upgrades to a single server rather than across a fleet of computers.
By converting existing computers into thin clients, an educational institution can also gain more control over how their students are using computing resources as all of the user sessions can be monitored on the server. See Epoptes (A Lab Management Tool).
In its current form (v5.x), LTSP relies on distributions to integrate the LTSP architecture into their respective products. In the v4.x series, LTSP was an add-on package to any distribution. Several distributions integrate LTSP either into their mainline (Ubuntu, Debian) or as a separate product, such as Edubuntu (Ubuntu), K12LTSP (CentOS) and Skolelinux (Debian), KIWI-LTSP (SUSE). LTSP is a registered trademark of DisklessWorkstations.com, LLC.
The founder and project leader of LTSP is Jim McQuillan, and LTSP is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
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