I’ve been using LTSP for 12 years and my current setup is on an old Ubuntu LTS that isn’t supported so it’s time to get to the new 20.04 release. I’ve enjoyed having my 13 year old sempron computers power 4 stations using an HP DL160 G6 as the host. I see that LTSP has been completely overhauled and is no longer an official Ubuntu package as it requires third party repositories. For years I’ve wanted an ideal setup where the office desktop is also my laptop desktop similar to what Tom does with his video rendering. Does anybody have any recommendations?
- 4 office computers boot from network (or at the most an old flash drive) to a login screen that immediately gets to their desktop
- An old laptop booting off a flash drive that auto connects to a vpn as soon as it obtains internet and then reaches the same login screen to the desktop at the office
- The login screen that is booted from the drive or network would have an option for multiple saved sessions (perhaps for accessing a windows machine in addition to Ubuntu)
If LTSP is still the best way to go for internal office computers then I’ll stick with it but I’m guessing that there are now better scenarios. As for my ideal wishes for my external laptop I know it can be accomplished booting a full Ubuntu live and going to an app but it would be nice if it was a really fast, minimal boot that has only essential apps and services to get to the net, vpn, and sessions.
I appreciate any advice or stories of how you do things. Thanks!