Linux makes a great platform for deploying diskless workstations that boot from a network server. The LTSP is an open source project to create the administration tools that will make setting up a diskless Linux workstation easier.
The GNU/Linux TerminalServer for Schools provides distribution- and
language-independant software packages for easier installation of LTSP-based
An Init System for Linux with a unified configuration file
A Lisp-like, general-purpose scripting language.