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Announcing FAI 1.0 (Fully automatic Installation)

I'm very happy to announce the first release of FAI (Fully automatic

FAI is a non interactive system to install a Debian Linux operating
system on a PC cluster. You can take one or more virgin PCs, turn on
the power and after a few minutes Linux is installed, configured and
running on the whole cluster, without any interaction necessary. In
addition, the configuration can be changed automatically on all Linux
cluster nodes. Thus you have a scalable method for installing and
updating a cluster with little effort involved. We use the Debian
distribution and a collection of shell- and Perl-scripts for the
installation process. Changes to the configuration files of the
operating system are made by the tool cfengine.

The home page for FAI is


FAI is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU Public
License, version 2. For more information, see the file COPYING. There
is no warranty, expressed or implied, associated with this
product. Use at your own risk. Comments, bug reports, fixes,
enhancements etc. are welcome. Send them to


FAI for Linux is created by:

Mattias Gaertner        <gaertner@informatik.uni-koeln.de>
Thomas Lange            <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de>
Jens Ruehmkorf          <ruehmkorf@informatik.uni-koeln.de>

I hope you enjoy the fully automatically installation !

            Thomas Lange
Institut fuer Informatik         mailto:lange@informatik.Uni-Koeln.DE
   Universitaet zu Koeln
            Pohligstr. 1        Telefon: +49 221 470 5303
             50969 Koeln        Fax    : +49 221 470 5317

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