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Re: [K12OSN] Re: MOSIX


And I thought I was going to be a troublemaker. Even my slashdot didn't get that bad.

I've been playing with mosix for over a year now. I don't remember how many kernels I've compiled, tweaked, and/or destroyed. Documentation has been lacking. From my point of view I can not tell what direction MOSIX is going in.

The existence of OpenMosix was brought to my attention by James and the a couple of people on the OpenMosix team. I see a clear position and goals for this project. The project better meets my goals.

The goal I am aiming for is a distribution CD. I want to let the average linux user who has never compiled a kernel before to set up a cluster. My HOWTOs are just the first step.

Time and money permitting I would like to write a book covering the building of a cluster from the junkyard to running on the desktop.

Its been a busy couple of weeks but a K12LTSP+OpenMosix howto with pre compiled kernels and an install script are coming soon.

just my $0.02

Richard Camp

James Jensen wrote:

Thanks Jim, that really means a lot to me coming from you.

In case anyone is new to K12LTSP or this list and is not aware, Jim
McQuillan is "the man" when it comes to Linux Terminal Server Project.


His work and efforts are really the backbone of the whole project.
Indispensable.  It makes it possible for a geek like me to take a 486 and
turn it into a working, usable workstation in 2002.  I constantly tell my
windows-using friends that Linux allows me to do things that I would *never*
be able to do or afford using proprietary software (*cough, W*ndows,
cough*).  I'm sure you all have similar experiences.  The great thing about
this list is that we get to share our knowledge making it work even better.

I remember not too long ago a call was made for documentation.  Where are we
today?  What can you do or have done with K12LTSP or LTSP in general that
you can share with the rest of us?  Maybe you will save someone hours, even
days struggling to get this or that piece of hardware to work with the
system--just by posting a few notes.

Please don't be deterred by this thread.  Let's go forward in the spirit of
the Open Source movement and continue to make it all the better.  I hope I
can contribute again.  Perhaps I will be a little more careful in my wording
next time.

I'm a geek, what can I say.  I want to make things work better and faster.
When I get something working, the first thing I do is get the word out.  I
just need to be a little more focused in how I do that I guess.

Thanks again Jim,

James Jensen

----- Original Message ----- From: <jam McQuil com> To: "James Jensen" <jmsjnsn linuxfreemail com> Cc: "David D. Huff Jr." <David Huff computer-critters com>; "Richard Camp" <rcamp campworld net>; <K12OSN redhat com> Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 9:55 PM Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Re: MOSIX


I just read through your HOWTO on OpenMosix and LTSP.

It has to be one of the best HOWTO documents i've read.

It's very concise and clear, detailing how you setup your
OpenMosix environment.

Keep up the good work.


Jim McQuillan
jam Ltsp org

On Mon, 1 Apr 2002, James Jensen wrote:

Mr. Huff:

I was excited by the prospects of someone e-mailing me regarding MOSIX
and/or OpenMosix when I saw your message appear in my in-box.  That
excitement very quickly turned to dismay as I read the contents of your

I will try to be brief.

If you (or anyone else) will please direct me to a document, statement,


other information that clearly states that the MOSIX clustering system
currently available at http://www.mosix.com is Open Source or Free


(as defined at http://www.gnu.org)  I will gladly amend my how-to and
correct any misunderstanding that I may have inadvertently caused.  In


sincerity and without any malice towards anyone I posted all of the
pertinent information that I could find on the issue.  You state that I


spreading Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Well, as I clearly state, I


uncertain about the status of MOSIX as OpenSource software. Without


on that point I would think that anyone implementing MOSIX should obtain
permission to do so from the copyright holder, Amnon Barak.

Now, as to your personal attacks on myself. I have no earthly idea


you are coming from. I have no hidden agenda to promote one system over


other.  I represent no special interest groups.  I just found OpenMosix
quite easy to install and completely Open Source in it's licensing as I
indicated.  If MOSIX is also Open Source then I have nothing against


utilizing it.  If it is not Open Source then again I would have to think
that it would be imperative that an organization obtain permission from


copyright holder before implementing the system--not only for legal


but simply out of respect for someone who has created a marvelous piece



Finally, I deeply regret and totally refute your insinuation that I am
anti-Semitic.  You don't know me any more then I know Mr. Barak (MOSIX)


Mr. Bar (OpenMosix), how could you possibly come to such a conclusion?

Look, David, if you will research the archives of the K12OSN, and the
original K12LTSP mailing list you will see that my interests have only


to obtain information on how we might optimize an LTSP client/server


with MOSIX (and now OpenMosix) clustering. I see from your note that


have experience in installing MOSIX to LTSP. Where were you when we


you brother? We could have used a How-To from someone with experience


back.  That's what Open Source is all about to me, sharing ideas, giving
back, making it work better.  That's *all* I was trying to do.  Give


I sincerely apologize for offending you or anyone else with my how-to,


please (again), if you or anyone else has documentation stating that


is in fact still Open Source or Free Software, please let me know. I


publicly apologize for my error, and amend my how-to with the


that need to be made.

Finally, this was my *first* How-To.  I was pumped.  I was excited.
OpenMosix worked, and it was so easy to install on the K12LTSP


I just wanted to get the word out to all the great folks on the list.


I said in the How-To, I am responsible for any mistakes and I will


correct them if need be. But I will say this, I have serious


about *ever* posting another How-To again.

Well, that wasn't so brief I guess. I want to close by thanking the


that make it work: The guys that put together the folks at RedHat for


great product, the guys that put together the K12LTSP distribution
(incredible!), Jim McQuil for the LTSP system in the first place (and


excellent documentation that he has for it too!), Mr. Barak for the


MOSIX system, Mr. Bar for the OpenMosix system, and finally Richard Camp


his original How-To on getting it all working together. Thanks guys!

James Jensen

----- Original Message -----
From: "David D. Huff Jr." <David Huff computer-critters com>
To: <jmsjnsn linuxfreemail com>
Cc: <webmaster seul org>
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 1:47 PM
Subject: MOSIX

Another FUDster in action! As this link provides:

Non specific claims about MOSIX not being OSS, well well, even when it
comes to helping children, someone has the nerve.

Does it really matter? Since you got the idea from the original


anyway? Or do you have something against a Jewish Professor from


It is nice to have choice but not at the expense of others. Unless you
know well the Professor's intentions concerning the welfare of


in the United States and around the world, keep your nefarious


to yourself. This type of self promotion is un-called for.

It would have served your cause just as well to explain some of the
advantages of using OpenMOSIX instead of insinuating Fear Uncertainty
and Doubt.

I have always appreciated the work that has been done with these
publications but detest their usage by special interest groups under
these condidtions.

And, yes I do have a personal interest. I host and support the site


the school where my wife teaches. Running on 'real' MOSIX kernels.


David D. Huff Jr.
Computer Critters Incorporated

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