I’m trying to move my noisy server to the cellar I’m left with the question how do I cater for my desktop computer needs. I would be nice to have a thin client, but then you have the problem that local devices do not work: because you are actually working on the server, it needs to “know” somehow that you have locally inserted an USB disk. This sucks.
So how about a thick client, a client with enough power to run a full blown Linux distro. This works but has the following disadvantages:
- more hard disks that can break
- more maintenance of the machine
- FANS, which make NOISE
What I need is a machine that is something of a cross between a thin and a thick client. Let’s call it a lazy client. With a lazy client, you will get the low maintenance of a thin client, with the power of a thick client.
My lazy client is a Linux machine, which is not too powerful, but fast enough do most of the jobs. The requirements for such a machine are:
- no hard disk
- no fans
- no local configuration
- enough memory
- fast video card
In short I should be able to play video/music, develop my programs, next to the normal desktop chores.
Implementation I’m still pondering this, but I’m thinking of the following:
/homevia NFS from the server
- boot from USB or cdrom (with a r/w live like system)
- any configuration would be done via puppet. Also see this blog but preferable no configuration what so ever is needed on the client
- user management via
LDAPor just rsync
/etc/passswdand friends to the client. I prefer a