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Diskless-HOWTO, Diskless-nfs-root-HOWTO, and LTSP's documentation
Hi. I have recently configured a small network with diskless workstations. What
I have done slightly differs from what available documentation explains, because
my stations are equipped with BOOTP-capable network adapters (no need for eproms
or floppies), and they have recent CPUs and a large amount of memory, so they
run applications themselves instead of running everything remotely using xdm.
When I read the existing documentation about network boot, I found many
things that appeared both in the Diskless-HOWTO and the Diskless-nfs-root-HOWTO.
On the other hand, some other information I needed was only on the ltsp's site.
For instance, these two documents both explain how to setup bootpd and nfs, what
to put in the kernel for clients and/or servers, they also both propose scripts
to setup things properly using the ltsp's packages.
I considered writing a mini-howto to explain what I did, but I guess it would be
better to merge the two existing howtos and add a bootp-capable specific
section. This new document could have the following parts :
1) diskless boot advocacy + copyright notice +
2) base principle (simple bootp explanation, nfs-root capabilities of new
kernels, existing solutions to boot off network like floppies, cdroms, eproms,
3) server setup (what to put in the kernel, bootpd, nfsd and tftpd setup)
4) client setup (what to put in the kernel, mknbi-linux usage, filesystem
5) floppies based solutions specific part
6) EPROMS based solutions specific part
7) cdrom based solutions specific part
8) bootp-capable nics specific part
9) sample working setup(s) with the scripts provided by the two existing
I would like to have your opinion about that. I can do part of the merge if a
volunteer is needed (of course the french translation would come for free :-)
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