[mythtv-users] Best options/howto for diskless frontends

Rob Davis rob at davis-family.info
Tue Nov 27 21:06:38 UTC 2012

> 1) Not to have to add a disk to my Zotac ION.
> 2) To use opensuse because it's the linux I best know.
> 3) To do the initial install actually on the diskless machine,
> so that I get as much automatic config as possible.
> 4) To perform updates to the front end from the server. I'm
> thinking chroot, but that might be impossible because my server
> is running x64, where as I'm guessing the ION has to be 32bit.
> 4) To be able to switch off the diskless machine without
> shutting down.

I'm an old user of LTSP, (we ran it at a school I taught at 2004 and an 
internet cafe 2002).  I installed the latest LTSP using a Gentoo howto.  
I use Gentoo as my server, so did the whole thing in a chroot 
environment.  Once the basic system was up and I familiarized myself 
with how it works, I installed MythTv from source to use the frontend.  
I share the home directory from my server and each frontend starts with 
a different username so I can keep track of any specific frontend 

The whole Environment is not small at 9GB, but it's easy to keep up to 
date and is as flexible as my mains system.

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