[Gllug] Thin client Linux

Christopher Hunter cehunter at gb-x.org
Sun Jul 17 11:22:41 UTC 2011

On Sat, 2011-07-16 at 15:29 +0100, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> Hi,
> I need a Linux distro that can boot off a 1Gig Flash disk. I.e. It is
> a Thin Client with X. It just does "ssh -Y" and starts the remote
> program displaying on the Thin client X display. Network bandwidth is
> not a problem so I don't need NX or anything like that.
> I need to be able to install my own packages on the flash disk. It is
> a program of my own making that handles a proprietary serial protocol
> and forwards data over a tcp session to a remote machine. The program
> is fairly simple, but does some frame checking on the received serial
> data and only sends valid frames over TCP.
> So, a Live CD is no good, because it will forget my installed package
> on the next reboot.
> Also, I must be able to package up my program so there must be a
> development environment with the correct lib versions as the thin
> client.
> I cannot use ubuntu because it is too large.
> What do people suggest?
> Kind Regards
> James

I've successfully used a hacked about "Puppy" for applications like
that.  The base install is around 150 Mb, so there's room for your own


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