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Re: Holiday Project for my job

On 9/3/2011 11:35 AM, ZephyrQ wrote:
> I am trying to set up several Linux desktops for a secure (locked)
> facility for troubled teenagers.  I brought one home to set up (so I can
> have unfettered internet access) but then I need to be able to 'clone'
> it to others without internet access (so package retrieval is impossible
> unless I bring home every single desktop; and we are talking about up to
> 50).  So I need advice on the following:
> 1.  Which distro to use?  I've used Mint before in a similar setting
> (and was pleased) but I'm now stuck with 6 year old Dells with almost no
> video acceleration and .5 G memory each.  I'm thinking XFCE with Mint or
> Xbuntu, but am open to others (even a stock debian install which I use
> on my home machine) but I will not be able to update unless I do so
> manually (which a CD or thumbdrive).
> 2.  How do I 'clone' the machine to a CD or, preferably, a thumb drive
> so I can install the same configuration to all machines (limiting menu
> options, put in educational games, add openoffice or libreoffice, etc.)?
> Thank you for your time.

Clonezilla[1] should allow you to image one computer and clone it to the
others. It has both a Debian-based and Ubuntu-based images. As the
website states, the Ubuntu version is more up to date, but I still
prefer using the Debian version, I'd prefer stability over bleeding edge
when it comes to a cloning process. The only reason I would choose the
Ubuntu version is if it had a specific feature I needed.


> Chris Brennan
> --
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> >Q: Are you sure?
> >>A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
> >>>Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?
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