S50 128M: need more features – how to add, or upgrade Linux?

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  • #7035
    AvatarLeeBee
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    The Wyse Suse 6.6.2 on it seems really good. I think from our requirements all but one are rather met; missing is a terminal console with root access! Also the browser Suse/ Wyse provide here (Firefox 1.5) is really old and should IMHO get replaced very soon.

    Here’s our requirements:

    1. Minimal Linux OS

    2. Command prompt with root access

    3. Manageable network configuration tools (GUI or CLI)

    4. Stable browser able to navigate current standards

    5. current RDP client able to connect to Win2k8 ( >= v.1.6)

    6. remote supportable; preferred access: VNC service

    (7. optional: connect to virtual machines)

    I would prefer to upgrade the current Suse with a terminal console + a more recent FF. My research however did not bring about anything useful.

    If need be we’d be willing to flash a different Linux on the S50 which is known to run on it. For that case, are there any experiences with DSL (Damn Small Linux), a skimmed down Ubuntu or RedHat for thin clients, or Cendio ThinLinc OS on these S50?

    Would you please point us into the most efficient/ least effort direction how to achieve our goal?

    Thank you,
    Lee

    PS: Is there mutual agreement that the S50 by itself seems like a very good choice for a small low-budget thin client in general, in regards to OS (stable versatile Linux with rather abundant set of software features) and hardware?

    PS2: on the S50 Downloads page they differentiate between v.6.6.2.02 (2009) and v.6.6.2.12 (2011). In System Information it says “Version 6.6.2/ build: 05/ OS Version 2.6.16.40/ BIOS 1.15/ Flash Size: 125056KB”. Build 5? As noted there’s only .2 and .12 on their web-page. I extracted ‘S50-V50L-128M-FTP_6.6.2_12.exe’ and supplied the resulting ‘wy_sc_6.6.2-12.64m’ (why 64? The .exe filename states 128, hmmmm..) via my local LAN FTP, correctly configured the S50’s WYSE [..]. I can see in my FTP Server’s log window that the S50 logs in on start-up as supposed (and even applies changes as per provided /wyse/wnos/wnos.ini), but still no update occurs… But, accdg. to the Release Notes, 6.6.2.12 would not add a rootsy terminal console anyway, would it?

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    ConfGenConfGen
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    Wow, a lot of questions and I do not have all answers.
    But you can download a console here, if you like -> Console

    Wyse does not have any other Linux distribution on S50. So, if you want to run any other, you would have install it yourself.

    FF 1.5 is really old, but there is nothing newer from Wyse.

    CG

    #21550
    AvatarLeeBee
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    cool, thanks ConfGen! I guess, for simplest installation of the UTILS-3.0.7.pak containing the console binary, I’ll best generate a WTOS.ini with your Configuration Generator .. (?) Should just be one line in the ini.

    What’s your personal take on the S50 for RDP, let’s say on a scale from 1 -10? Is it 1st choice, or do you prefer different hardware? (I just see that the T50 comes with Wyse-enhanced Ubuntu™ Linux – wonder if there’s any advantage to the Linux 6 on the S50s. The T’s hardware looks quite different so WEUL will probably not run on a S50)

    re. the .64M file name for the 128M S50 I just read somewhere here on your site that it is the file extension for a compressed format.

    Thanks for this great compendium here!

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    .64m is perfectly right for you.
    Just put the firmware on your FTP server, point the client to the file and it should autoupgrade.
    Check the “First steps” document here in the Products section. I know it is only in German. But I am pretty sure you will understand the keypoints.
    The addon will be installed via FTP also. No ini is needed.

    CG

    #21564
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    Klasse, vielen dank 🙂

    – installed the build 12 update via FTP by providing a wlx.ini file
    – installed the Utils AddOn via ControlPanel/AddOns; test-launched the terminal console

    Firefox is still based on Gecko 2006. I booted the latest DSL from USB – only 256 colors and RDesktop only flashing briefly trying to connect to our Win2k8 server, probably because of the color limitation. The browsers are also based on Gecko 2006 – oops.

    The generic TLCOS (ThinLinc Client Operating System) 3.3.0 (based on Fedora 8) unfortunately requires 3GB installation space, way more than the S50’s 128MB ..

    So at this point I’ll stop. I’ll write an email to WYSE to please update the Firefox package .. with a tiny little bit of hope that it’ll fruit.

    Vielen Dank nochmals – war ja eigentlich gar nicht schwierig, gell? Au Weia, ab in die Koje ..

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