May 19, 2006

New Linux Terminal Server Project and Release

Jason D. Clinton writes "The Safedesk Terminal Server Project has just been establish and our first release is now available on our FTP servers. STS is a new open source project to develop a Linux thin-client server
based on Debian Live Net. This is the first Linux terminal server to offer local USB storage, sound and streaming video support and the design allows one server with a gigabit port to serve as many as 100+ clients at a time. This release contains a full GNOME-based desktop with OpenOffice, OpenClipart, GIMP, Inkscape, GAIM, and F-Spot plus the usual GNOME applications. It can be fully customize including the installation
of KDE.

STS differs from LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) in that it supports local USB drives, sound and streaming video and uses Samba CIFS instead of NFS for more reliability (while also requiring a slightly more robust thin client.) Information on the implementation, how to get involved, and where to get commercial support is on the Safedesk Terminal Server project pages linked to above. We would like to invite the FOSS community to participate in making STS an even greater thin-client server solution. We are 100% committed to keeping it free and open source. We see STS as complementing LTSP -- not competing with it -- in environments where thin clients have more resources.

We will also be releasing an Enterprise version of STS that features a user-friendly installer and GUI management tool, and support for virtualizing Windows 98, 2000 or XP on the client. Support is available for both."


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