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Re: debian on domain clients ?

On Monday 14 February 2005 12:34, Nicos Gollan wrote:
> On Monday February 14 2005 13:15, fluppe wrote:
> > I am working for a while with debian without problems, everything works
> > as it should work!
> > Now, we want to start in the company to transfer CLIENTS that now work
> > with windowsXP to LINUX!
> Keep us up-to-date on how it's going ;-)
> > My first thought is of course debian, but the clients have no direct
> > access to internet and i can't allow x number of clients to connect to
> > internet but how do i have to do the upgrades and the installation
> > then ?
> Basically, there are two easy ways: apt-proxy and debmirror.
Well three actually, the third is apt-cache.  You have to modify sources.list
to use it, but it seems to work very well.

> apt-proxy runs on one server and stores packages requested through it, so
> that subsequent requests for the same package get answered by the server.
> The positive effect is that you keep a minimal set of packages on the
> server and cause less load on the debian mirrors.
> debmirror lets you create a complete mirror of whatever package repository
> you want. It causes rather massive load on the original mirrors, has a huge
> disk overhead on the server (testing+unstable have a over 10GB) and is
> harder to maintain. It is easier to configure though.
> I'd recommend you have a look at apt-proxy.
> I don't know any mechanisms to actively push updates to the clients, but if
> you're keeping a sane network environment and a minimum set of services on
> the clients you should be OK with less frequent updates.

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