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    Minimal GUI build for Wyse thin client device


    I am trying to build a minimal GUI image of SLED11sp3 that I can drop onto a Wyse thin client. I require a very basic config with the following apps:

    Novell Client (ldap authentication)
    Adobe PDF reader
    Libre Office (Calc and Writer)

    I also need to customize various bits, like NTP, Browser Homepages, Novell Client Config etc. and basic/
    generic video driver that supports 1024x768x16. No games, no bells and whistles ....

    So my question is how to do the customization before creating the image that I can copy to the flash on the thin client.
    Any help will be appreciated.


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    Knurpht NNTP User

    Re: Minimal GUI build for Wyse thin client device

    Hi John,

    These are the openSUSE forums, I think you'd better turn to for SLES/SLED specific help.

    - Athlon X6 3.6 GHz, 16 GB DDR3, 30 GB SSD, 3 TB of disks, GT540,
    openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 + KDE 4.10 + GNOME 3
    - ASUS A73SD, Intel + GT610M Optimus, 6 GB, 120 GB SSD, openSUSE 12.3

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    Re: Minimal GUI build for Wyse thin client device


    See this related (eventually) thread:

    Good luck.

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    Re: Minimal GUI build for Wyse thin client device


    A few ideas that may help....

    First, SUSE Studio can probably a lot of this. Certainly starting with
    nothing (minimal) and then adding the packages you desire (Firefox,
    LibreOffice, maybe the Adobe PDF reader if you really need that over
    okular (KDE) or evince (Gnome) or equivalent) should add any necessary
    dependencies (X, etc.) for you. Other software may be a little harder,
    but not impossible. SUSE Studio lets you upload your own files to be
    installed and also setup scripts to be run on first-boot. As a result you
    could upload the Novell Client RPMs and then set your first-boot script to
    run those . The same likely applies if you need a non-shipping version of
    Java (SLE comes with IBM Java, though some vendors require Sun (Oracle)
    Java). Teamviewer, same idea. It may take a couple of tries to have a
    perfect build that just plugs in anywhere, installs the default stuff,
    adds your extra stuff, and then is done but I've done it with other
    software and it has worked well. The more you can find in the
    repositories the easier things are since installing RPMs from repositories
    is trivial and doing so on your own is just a little bit of work.

    When done you can choose any number of build types from SUSE Studio...
    LiveCD, USB, Preload image, installation ISO... VMs directly (for
    testing). Using the TestDrive feature (I"m not sure how familiar you are
    with this, so covering some of the basics) can let you, without
    downloading the full set of files taking gigabytes of space and a good
    chunk of time, test the installation directly on the SUSE servers for up
    to an hour (s of the last time I checked).

    Good luck.


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