[K12OSN] Installing Linux Options

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 18 11:33:42 UTC 2005

Hey, that is pretty cool.  

Here's something I've been wondering about for K12LTSP
or for any other distro for that matter:  Is there any
way to do a remote installation such that the person
with physical access to the computer only needs to
load 1 cd and maybe walk through a couple of simple
preliminary steps?  I'm thinking of something like an
installation cd that immediately sets up an ssh
server, and then all packages are loaded from an ftp
site on the internet.

I recently had to troubleshoot my sister's computer
from across the country.  I had her load knoppix
(which I sent her home with last time she visited) and
in about 3 clicks she had an ssh server up and
running.  But now I've gotta re-install linux on her
new hard drive and I'd rather not have to walk her
through disk partitioning and stuff like that...

Any ideas?  I think this would be a great way to help
expand the use of K12LTSP.  You could do remote
installations for schools in far-away areas, exposing
them to linux and wowing them with the installation
process itself.  Kind of a "here, try this out and if
you like using it I'll teach you how to do the
installations" thing.


--- Petre Scheie <petre at maltzen.net> wrote:

> Here's one really cool thing (and the reason I
> posted this message): I 
> was using this method recently on a box with an
> crummy old ISA video 
> card (this was not an LTSP server, but I like the
> extras that Eric 
> bundles).  It was just going to be a headless web
> server.  Anyway, the 
> first few screens, before we got to the NFS part,
> were all just 
> text/menu types, not GUI, as expected.  But after I
> pointed it at the 
> NFS server, I got a message saying something to the
> effect of "Okay, I 
> found the installation disks.  If you want to watch
> the rest of the 
> installation, go to another machine and run
> vncviewer and point it at 
> port xxx on this machine", which I did, and
> amazingly, it was the GUI 
> installation that came up in the vncviewer.  This
> was really handy 
> because the installation was happening in my
> basement, but this allowed 
> me to go back upstairs and tend to other things.  I
> could check in on 
> the installation by just firing up vncviewer on an
> upstairs machine.
> I thought it was really cool.  Course, I don't get
> out much.
> Petre
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