[K12OSN] Re: Making donations work better

Les Mikesell les at futuresource.com
Sat May 8 17:00:36 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-05-08 at 11:24, Terrell Prude', Jr. wrote:
> The alternative is for us all to do Linux From Scratch.  I
> can do this.  Can you?  If you can, do you have the time to
> spend doing it?  I sure don't anymore.

A lot of people can do Linux From Scratch these days, but
the real question is whether you can do it better than
the freely available bundles like Knoppix.  I see some
people also mentioned Damn Small, which is also good
because it started from knoppix rather than scratch.
However Damn Small runs the XVesa and Xfbdev drivers
that may be slower than the best match for your hardware.
What I think should work is to modify the knoppix
master so the default is to run 'X -query ...' instead
of the local desktop and boot any problem PC's with
that.  Also, since knoppix has it's own PXE boot mechanism
you should be able to copy the iso image to the k12ltsp
server and emulate that boot procedure if you prefer
network booting.  Having the rest of the stuff on the
knoppix cd available to the client is overkill but
harmless (well, you probably should eliminate the ability
to become root if you have NFS exports anywhere, but
someone could bring their own stock knoppix CD anyway...).

  Les Mikesell
   les at futuresource.com

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