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I am wondering if it is easy to do this. I know that using X to serve the other computers ain't that difficult. I just have no idea how would I have to configure the laptops in order for them to work as terminals.

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If your older laptops can boot from their network cards (ie. PXE boot) then you can set up LTSP, which is fully supported in Ubuntu:

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That's wonderful. Do you think I'd be able to make Skype work on the thin clients? – lujbilami Apr 2 '11 at 20:46
Absolutely, people do this sort of things in call centers all the time. LTSP has been around forever, you'll find tons of information there on how to do what you need. – Jorge Castro Apr 2 '11 at 20:53

Here is a pretty old post which I wrote:

You will have to copy commands line by line from the script cause from 10.04 it doesn't work any more automatically by dropping into the Terminal this script.

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it would be great if you could put that entire post in here so we can keep it updated over time! – Jorge Castro Jul 30 '11 at 12:43

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