Bug#894737: ITP: desktop-autoloader -- Accelerate Diskless Workstation systems by pre-loading a dummy Desktop Session
- Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:54:48 +0200
- From: Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Bug#894737: ITP: desktop-autoloader -- Accelerate Diskless Workstation systems by pre-loading a dummy Desktop Session
Owner: Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* Package name : desktop-autoloader
Version : 0.0.3
Upstream Author : Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Klaus Ade Johnstad <klaus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* URL : https://code.it-zukunft-schule.de/cgit/desktop-autoloader/
* License : GPL
Programming Lang: Bash, XDG magic
Description : Accelerate Diskless Workstation systems by pre-loading a dummy Desktop Session
This package will be for diskless Linux clients as you often find them
in school class rooms running an LTSP based fat client environment.
The logon into and the initial session startup on such diskless
workstations can be considerably slow, because all applications need to
be fetch from one server hosting the fat clients' filesystem.
The situation gets worse, if 24 computers in the same class room get
switched on simultaneously or the teacher tells the students to open the
same application (e.g. Libreoffice) at the same time.
However, this issue only occurs to the first student using a diskless
workstation that day. Other students see all applications launch within
a fraction of a second.
Reason: once an application has been launched, it ends up in the
diskless machine's filesystem cache in RAM.
This package, thus, pre-loads a desktop session of the admins choice and
some popular applications. It does it before 7:30 in the morning only.
So, combine this package with Wake-On-LAN to make sure systems are up
and the desktop session has been autoloaded (and quit) already before
the first students come into the class room.
This package will be maintained by the Debian Edu Packaging Team.