[PC-BSD Pbi-dev] x64 server with x86 thin clients?

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Wed Apr 29 07:35:07 PDT 2009

Chen Zhao wrote:
> Is there a facility for setting up an x86 thin client boot environment 
> while running a 64bit server?  Obviously most thin client hardware are 
> only 32bit capable, but we would want the server to have more ram than 
> 32bit hardware can address.
> What is the easiest way to do this?  I'm not clear if the boot 
> environment is copied from the existing host system or installed from 
> the pbi.  If everything is contained in the pbi, is it as simple as 
> installing the 32bit pbi on a 64bit server?  Tried that and nothing 
> seems to happen.  No error message for any install failure either.  I'm 
> guessing that's due to the architecture mismatch.
> Also, where can I get the latest 0.9 builds from?  pbibuild.pcbsd.org 
> doesn't seem to list any version, unless I'm just not seeing it on the 
> page.


I would have to investigate this. It should be doable, but it'll be 
tricky to build the actual PBI as 64bit, but then to contain the 32bit 
client world. I'll let you know if I can make it work :)

Also, the latest 0.9.1 build of thinclient is up on pbidir.com now.


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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