Re: What to do about the "Official" CD
Just as I was downloading my mail this morning the same idea crossed my
mind, an image of "dailup" for starters. Although I must admit the
password part hadn't crossed my mind.
There would need to be some introduction to select and prepare the
partition, but that should not be a problem.
It would also need to present some config options (gpm, mail, news, xf86
etc) on the first boot. These could be simplified? Must have a go at it
IMO all it would need is a butchered boot disk. IIRK there is an attempt
to something like this on metelab under distributions, about 1996.
On Sun, 20 Jun 1999, Brandon Mitchell wrote:
> > On Sat, 19 Jun 1999, Philip Charles wrote:
> > > I suggest that we consider biting the bullet and produce such a CD
> > > complete with mindless (oops, easy) install and configuration. This CD
> > > should be completely compatible with the normal distribution CDs which
> > > would mean that people could migrate to this when they were ready.
> Under the assumption that a good implementation of configuration
> management is in the future, it could be as easy as distributing a
> configuration database with good defaults.
> Another solution would be distributing an image of a decent installation
> with a script that fixes the hostname, ip, set some passwords, etc. The
> script that sets that info would be useful to people who do massive lab
> The final solution would be a live cd. Being able to search the local
> harddrives in order to automatically setting up passwords, home
> directories, and other configuration type areas would be nice. I.e. the
> first time you boot with a live cd, it prompts you for the location of
> saved data. You could select one of your hd's, a specific directory on a
> hd, nfs, or ram. Then, you can easily have home, etc, and var on a
> loopback mount or with some symlinks.
> I'm sure most of this has been done before, just not officially by debian.
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