[TriLUG] Streamlined distro build for laptops and workstations
kevin at flanagannc.net
Tue Jul 6 20:47:57 EDT 2004
You could also remaster a knoppix cd that's customized for your
environment, say NIS authentication, therefore homedirs that exist out
on a server.
The quick view is,
Mount the .iso on the loopback device
cp the entire CD somewhere else
Make changes needed
recompress the few things that you have had to decompress for the above
Use the scripts provided by Knopper, (pretty sure on this), to build
your own .iso.
After this you could run everything off of CD, have centralized
authentication and homedirs, but all programs etc are still untouchable
by the users on the CD.
That sounds like a clean compromise between Xterminals and full
On Tue, 2004-07-06 at 15:21, Turnpike Man wrote:
> Every time I boot with my Knoppix 3.4 CD, I'm thrilled every time. It's
> unbelievable what works "out of the box" (on a CD boot distro) and for whatever
> reason, I've yet to do a HD install and use it that way. I think Flash works
> (don't recall) but it would seem mp3 (xmms) and mpg (xine) work. You get
> Mozilla, Konquerer (which I use for SMB shares), etc etc... don't know what
> else... do an HD install... maybe it will surprise you too.
> and let me know how it goes, since I've yet to do it!
> David M.
> --- Jim Ray <jim at neuse.net> wrote:
> > I'm interested in trying OpenBSD or FreeBSD with webmin on the server side
> > in lieu of winders. OpenOffice and Mozilla would satisfy most of the other
> > requirements and run on all the major Linux flavors. Let's make it a
> > special topic for one of our labs and do it.
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: trilug-bounces at trilug.org [mailto:trilug-bounces at trilug.org] On
> > > Behalf Of Matt Frye
> > > Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 1:23 PM
> > > To: trilug at trilug.org
> > > Subject: [TriLUG] Streamlined distro build for laptops and workstations
> > >
> > > I am looking for information and people's experience in getting
> > > any particular distro/hardware combination to install on a laptop or
> > > workstation such that a non-IT customer would say it "works" for them.
> > > Before people start foaming at the mouth, let me define what I mean
> > > by "work." In this context, "work" means "do work," as in a business
> > > desktop OS, spreasheets, web with java and flash, etc. Stuff people
> > > want.
> > > I have been able to acheive that balance and efficiency with
> > > Linux, but not without having put a lot of time and energy into it.
> > > Too often, getting a new Linux build to "work" is an exercise in
> > > configuration and debugging. Reconfig and debugging is obviously not
> > > something that everyone has the time or desire to do, so I'm looking
> > > for best case suggestions. Obviously, configuration often depends
> > > upon requirements, but I'm looking for the closest thing to that
> > > "configuration utopia."
> > > I've heard good things about Mandrake, but haven't tried it yet.
> > > Fedora is no where near what I need and RHEL aint exactly free. I am
> > > doing this for my nonprofit that will serve other nonprofits, so cost
> > > is key, but I need to strike a balance between low cost and
> > > functionality.
> > > Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> > >
> > > Matt
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