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Linux Terminal Server Project - LTSP

Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP®)

LTSP is an Open Source Project, used to deliver a Desktop and Applications to a Thin Client from a server. LTSP is in use all over the world, allowing organizations to deploy Thin Client networks and recycle old Desktop PCs. LTSP has grown significantly since its inception in 1999.


LTSP began as a solution to a fundamental business problem: the cost of deploying Desktop PCs with licensed software is expensive. With a combination of technology, X-Windows was successfully booted over a LAN, creating one of the first Thin Client environments. The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) code was licensed GPL (GNU Public License), and released to the world as an official Open Source project. LTSP has won many awards including: Best OpenSource Project - LinuxWorld 2004, Best of Show - LinuxWorld 2005, and more.

Project Development

Originally, LTSP was a stand-alone package. LTSP had to be installed on top of the Linux distribution you were using, and then configured. As time progressed major Open Source Linux distributions like Ubuntu (Canonical Ltd.), Fedora (Red Hat Inc.), OpenSuSE (Novell), and more began integrating LTSP directly into their distribution releases. At present, LTSP can be installed automatically using the Linux distributions mentioned above. LTSP's current version is: 5. LTSP 5 addresses many key issues regarding network bandwidth with the implementation of Local Applications. LTSP 5 greatly improves multimedia, and network intensive applications on LTSP Thin Clients.