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Re: Bootdisk-O-matic

That sure sounds like a good idea to me (although im
just a user/ small admin, not programmer)!
Just a couple questions, though:

1) if the Bootdisk-O-Matic was used by many people,
use of mirrors would probably be needed much, so the
computational load on servers would be spread out,

2) this is something i've been curious about for a
long time: how _does_  hardware detection work,
anyway?  and why does it seem like debian doesn't have
very much of it?

Peter W. 

--- Sebastien Chaumat <schaumat@ens-lyon.fr> wrote:
> Hello,
>  What about the  following idea:
>   When someone want to install Debian he looks at
> the debian.org site.
> There he finds a small programm (for the
> architecture/OS he wants) that
> will alow him to create a bootdisk to boot it's
> computer with: that
> bootdisk will contain autodetection stuff only and
> will create a list of
> (e.g) kernel modules needed for the install (and why
> not this detection
> floppy will also find the Xserver needed the
> soundcard etc.). This list is
> saved on the floppy itself.
>  Then he runs the small programm again that will
> read on the floppy the
> hardware list and sent it to the Bootdisk-O-matic
> site at debian.org.
>  The Bootdisk-O-matic then create a custom bootdisk
> image with only the
> drivers (kernel modules) needed to install the
> computer (and the hardware
> list already on it: no need to recreate it).
>  The custom bootdisk will then be available for
> download and the computer
> can be install with just booting on this custom
> floppy.
>  I think bout that because I do have a special
> hardware detection bootdisk
> that allow me only to probe a new computer for
> hardware (before trying to
> blindly install Debian on it). Then I make custom
> kernel to install this
> computer with replicator.
>  The point is that it's easy to put only detection
> stuffs on one floppy.
> And we can even imagine that the custom bootdisk can
> be customized online
> to choose the deb sources, the disk partitioning
> etc.
> I feel I already read this kind of proposal
> somewhere (maybe here) but I
> don't remember any answer.
> Sebastien 
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