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Re: Floppy and tftp - was Woody Freeze

On Sun, Apr 08, 2001 at 06:10:45PM -0700, Alex Perry wrote:
> > > You have floppy drives in your servers?  You should maybe try tftp.
> > 
> > Not likely if Craig uses off-the-shelf PC hardware. They don't have a boot
> > monitor, remember. Floppies aren't going away in this respect untill a lot
> > more network cards are available with a flash chip.
> Nonono.  You put the network boot code on the floppy.   www.etherboot.org
> The PC thinks it is doing a floppy boot, so almost any system can do that,
> then the loaded code actually does a network boot from there on.
> It would be very convenient to have a debian package that depends on
> tftp server and dhcp server, then configures them for you.  All unexpected
> computers asking to boot are given the choice of becoming terminals
> (aka www.ltsp.org) or of immediately installing debian to the hard disk.
> It wasn't hard to set that up manually, but could easily be trivialized.

I'm working on a project to run debian (servers and clients) diskless.

Im actually sitting with a totally diskless computer running debian
started with PXE, GRUB, Linux-2.4.2 and nfs-root. I intend to make
diskless-server and diskless-client packages to simplify this.

Is there anyone else out there that are interested in this?

I will probably have them done sometime during the summer. Well
I could make them in a couple of days but now I'm a bit too busy in
packaging java packages. :)


// Ola

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