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ALTSP5 server installer

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ALT Linux 4.0 based ALTSP5/KDE installer

The bootable ISO9660 image in this directory contains a system based on ALT Linux 4.0 Desktop with added LTSP5 server packages and somewhat trimmed package base.

It can already be used at home, office, or in educational setups since any package of ALT Linux 4.0 branch wealth is readily available via Synaptic and apt-get.

Hardware requirements are quite modest thanks to KDE3 (server side) and hybrid ALTSP technology (client side), 24 clients with KDE sessions and browsers consumed 1100Mb of server RAM and clients were able to operate on as low as 16M RAM (with sound enabled), although USB FLash support would only turn on starting with 24M.

Known limitations

Presumed setup is: a desktop or server system with two ethernet cards in case it's not strictly standalone offline class; there's some preconfiguration which relies on:

  • eth0 being setup by you (static IP, DHCP, whatever) and connected to common LAN or WAN router;
  • eth1 is preconfigured with static IP/net and connected to dedicated switch with terminal clients.

The server will do NFS, TFTP and DHCP on that TC network. You probably don't want it to collide with corporate LAN but that should not be the case unless the latter's address is or anything including that, like

In any advanced case you can bring provided and preconfigured DHCP, TFTP, and if needed even NFS servers down and reconfigure the system by hand but frankly you could just take ALT Linux 4.0, apt-get install ltsp5-server-$flavour, read docs here: (Russian) and finish the custom configuration yourself without any clashes (hopefully).

Well, you should know your way around these things anyway then, so this installer might be just a handy way...


sr@altlinux (our consultancy CTO)
for many hints and help
led@altlinux (my colleague)
for packaging and developing LTSP5 implementation on ALT Linux folks, especially ogra
for doing mostly wonderful work on LTSP5 in the first place ;-)


Michael Shigorin <mike osdn org ua>