Hi:

We replaced all of our 3477 Terminals last year with homegrown ThinClients and it's been working great. Many thanks to Scott and others.

I know you said you didn't want a gui, but our ThinClients use a gui (X) and boot right into a green screen at startup, just like a terminal, except it takes a little longer.

Here's what we used:

Hardware: ASUS EB1007 eeeBox PC bolted onto the back of a 4:3 FlatScreen Monitor
OS: FreeBSD B1 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0
5250 Software: tn5250 0.17.4 (xt5250)
X Server: X.Org X Server 1.7.7

Everything is installed on a 4Gb Compact Flash card, and the root of the OS is read only. Things like /tmp and /var, are loaded as memory drives. We don't have to worry about the cards getting burnt out from too many writes, and we don't have to worry about the abuse the software might take out on the floor. Users can power it off and on, and we don't have to worry about corruption.

We did have to do a fair bit of customizing, (both to X and tn5250/xt5250) but we've got something that works great.


Regards,


Fred



On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:01:47 -0400, Jonathan Burishkin <gypsumwolf@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I need to set up some tn5250 terminals at work; I prefer them to boot
straight into the green screen, no gui. What linux distro and configuration
is best for this?

I have been using Lubuntu 11.10 32bit with IBM iSeriesAccess and have some
lost connection issues with the software. I would like to see how tn5250
works.


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