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Make Stella 6.3 MultiUser [message #330] Sun, 05 August 2012 16:03 Go to next message
WalterK is currently offline  WalterK
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Make Stella Linux into a multiuser thin client server:

This installs Cendio ThinLinc on your Stella 6.3 machine so that it can function as a multiuser server with all of Stella's multimedia capabilities forwarded to thin clients. I have this up and running in my office on a Stella 5 user system as a testbed. It happily plays various format videos and forwards stereo sound to the the thin clients. Thin Clients can be standalone computers running their own operating systems or smart/dumb terminals. Dumb terminals can run a complete operating system with the thinlinc client already installed from a usb flash drive, available from SmartFlex Technology (http://www.smartflextech.com/).

This system setup was done on Stella 6.3 x64. Make sure your server has hard network addresses, not dhcp, so that the thin client software on your terminals can find the server. Use the network address in the ThinLinc Client GUI where it asks for Server name, for example 192.168.0.90. Make sure that you have already set up logins and passwords for your users on the server, as the client needs to have a valid user name and password to connect.

Go to the Cendio ThinLinc website (www.cendio.com), register and download the server software and whatever clients you need. Cendio ThinLinc is free for up to ten clients, then you need to buy a license.

Open a terminal window. Install LSB with the command, yum install lsb. Installing linux base through the package manager gui doesn't install all the packages you will need. You must do this before trying to install the Cendio Thinlince server, or the server install will not complete correctly.

Go to System > Administration > Services and make sure the ssh server is enabled and running. If not, enable it and start it. If it is not present in the services lise, install the openssh server using the package manager or Yum, and make sure it is enabled and running.

The ThinLinc server package from Cendio only requires that you navigate to where it was downloaded, open the tl-3.4.0-server (current version as of this writing, August 2012), double click on "install-server", then select Run in Terminal" at the pop-up menu. The install process will begin, and several packages will be installed on your server. When the install-server finishes, it will ask you if you want to configure your server. Yes, do so. If for some reason you cannot do this right now, then later you can run "tl-setup" by navigating to the /opt/thinlinc/sbin directory and double clicking on "tl-setup", you will get a popup, choose Run in Terminal, and configure your server.

Once the configuration program has finished, you will immediately be able to log in from any terminal on your network that has the thinlinc client software installed. Cleints are availabe for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux/RPM, Linux/deb, Linux/gzipped-tar for others, and Solaris. 10 languages are supported: Brazilian, Portuguese, English, Dutch, French, German,
Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Have fun.
icon14.gif  Re: Make Stella 6.3 MultiUser [message #1500 is a reply to message #330] Fri, 11 October 2013 12:50 Go to previous message
WalterK is currently offline  WalterK
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Update: The latest version of Thinlinc (4.1.0) is even easier to install and setup - I have it running on Stella 6.4 x64, serving terminals for 5 users. The Stella server is also running Codeweaver's Crossover, and published Windows software packages are available to users on their desktops. Everything is much easier to set up and use than trying to put everything on a Windows Server and deal with the terminal licensing issues, as I used to have to do; and it doesn't break every month and have to have its operating system reloaded/restored.
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