Widespread deployment of PC's in the workplace has lead to adminstrative nightmares for organisations, who are forced to employ IT managers just to keep their desktop systems running. Not only that, but the fat-client networked computer model is expensive in terms of other resources such as hardware and licences.

The Linux Terminal Server Project is an antidote to this trend, with the users retaining the desktop power of the PC, but with central administration and lower costs. This approach is gaining favour particularly in the developing world and in schools. Nigel's company Optimus has taken part in the LTSP and he is an enthusiastic evangeleist for it. Nigel will demonstrate the LTSP, show how it inter-operates with other systems, and talk about how to get a terminal server system up and running.