Easy-LTSP will not setup

I am a new user of Linux.

Just loaded Open SUSE EDU L I F E 11.2.2 on a Server and like what I see. The install went well and everything came up fine. I like the look and feel of this distro. The GUI features are impressive. Internet connects via eth1 . Sound, CD/DVD works and plays ok/ , grapics all working. I have two NIC cards installed.

I am preparing (learning , testing, exploring) with a number of Servers that I want to take to schools in Africa.

One of the key components that I need to get up and working is the LTSP. I was delighted to see that this version includes EASY-LTSP with a KIWI component. [SUSE KIWI-LTSP] So I printed out the LTSP/Quick start/Easy-LTSP (Guide) and tried to set up LTSP on my server.

I went to KIWI/Prebuild in the Easy-LTSP presentation page.

A box popped up with this info:

Prebuild Images:
Interface eth0

I have two choices: No or Yes.

When I choose YES I get another box;

Title bar = kiwi-ltsp-setup-c

and then this message box appears:

    ""  bash: kiwi-ltsp-setup: command not found. ""

So my big question is where do I go from here?

Thanks for any and all help/advice. Please keep it simple.


Right click desktop > open terminal > “su -” > easy-ltsp




Also make sure that you have loaded kiwi and kiwi prebuilt images from software downloads. As you have seen, easy ltsp is great. Those making the documentation truly don’t know what they are doing. Where in this entire universe is a decent manual for ltsp? I guess if and when I get this thing running I will make one myself and sell it for cheap.

Master Rod

Ola! CyberOrg

Hey Dude, this easy-ltsp is not that easy. I finally get my client log in screen. Kiwi Ltsp. Uhm what is the username and password? Do I go to default and add a client? Did that still no dice. What’s up with that? We need a build documentation for this software. Pictures just don’t do.

Master Rod

If ya wanna help, let’s not assume that the user knows everything. sometimes we need to spell it out for them.
It should be: su - root easy-ltsp This got easy-ltsp started and then just press the the Kiwi > Prebuid Image and off you go.

Master Rod

Enough fooling around. OK, here it is. If you setup your LTSP my way, it will work. If if it don’t, go get a MAC. Seriously, there is a lack of good simple documentation about this. I guess the programmers think we all know this huh? Get a clue boys and girls. Your program ain’t done until your documentation can be understood by us boneheads. Got that!

  1. Download an iso copy of Li-f-e. Use K3b to burn a DVD iso. I said ISO! Copy does not work. Do this first! Don’t even bother with step 2 until you have your DVD in hand.
  2. Install a second Network Interface card in your computer. Yes! You need two(2) installed. Amazing that this is not pointed out at the beginning. Don’t go any further until this is done. remember, one card goes to your standard network connection. The other goes to a switch. Ahhh! You need a switch or a couple of switches depending how many computers will be connected as clients. Eth0 is the original network connection that connects to the WWW. Eth1 connects to the local network or your switch where all the other clients will be connected to.
  3. OK, now you have your DVD and 2 network cards installed in your PC. Insert your Li-f-e DVD and reboot. OK, follow the standard install. Remember to set the boot to the MBR(Master boot record).
  4. Install. Once done and rebooted, you need to go to Yast > Network Devices. Select etho and set up for DHCP. Then Save. Then, on the newly installed NIC, you need to set it up manually. IP of, Sub Mask of, and your domain name. You can leave it as Site, or change it to whatever. Save that
  5. You may want to reboot at this time. Once up, select Konsole. At the prompt, you know the ~> type in su - root easy-ltsp and press Enter. It will ask you for the root password. Oh my God! Please don’t tell me you forgot it!! Go to step 1. If you know it, then type it in and press return. Easy-LTSP Graphical User Interface (GUI) will appear.
  6. Select Kiwi and press Pre-built Image. A console easy-ltsp-c will appear and go through the motions. You should get about 6 green done thingy dingys and if no erros, you are done and cool.
  7. Get into Yast and go to Security and Users > Users. Add term1 with same username and password. Next. Add term2 with same username and password, and so on til you have as many terminals that will be connected. Not more than 30 with single core and 2 gig of ram. You can use 60 terminals with 4 gig, dual core, and gigabit cards. You can use 120-400 with AMD quadcore processor, 8gig ram, 2 striped 300gig drives, etc.
  8. Once done, turn on your client connected to the switch and do a PXE boot. It should take within about 2-3 seconds. You boot screen should show. Press on the top most selection. You will get a log in screen. Here is where you start with your users. Type in term1 for the username and term1 for the password. Vola! You should boot into your Destop. Do that to the rest of your PXE boot machines. It doesn’t matter whether PC or laptop.
  9. Check it out. If you have any questions, yak me @ laredoflash@netscape.net Oh yeah, “have a lot of fun”.

Master Rod

Please update the wiki the way you would like so users can understand it, here it is: Portal:KIWI-LTSP - openSUSE

Instructions for openSUSE Edu 11.4 is here: SDB:LTSP quick start 11.4 Edu - openSUSE make it better :wink:

Proper place for kiwi-ltsp related discussion is on kiwi-ltsp-users mailing list as those mails get to all kiwi-ltsp-user’s inbox they have better chance of anyone seeing it.



Edit: About the instructions:

  • It would be better if you have two NICs, but it is no mandatory, kiwi-ltsp will work fine with only one NIC
  • “su -” equals to “su - root”
  • After “su -” in terminal and giving root password, just run “kiwi-ltsp-setup -c”. Easy-LTSP does not have kiwi options in new release, it is only for setting up lts.conf files easily.