[K12OSN] Booting Acer One from SD card?

Rob Owens rob.owens at biochemfluidics.com
Tue Dec 2 13:19:59 UTC 2008

I'm not sure if they'll boot from the SD card or not.  I've booted mine
from USB before, but SD would be nice since it doesn't stick out.  I
might be able to test it out in the next few days.  I'll report back.


Peter Scheie wrote:
> The discussion of Brian's 45 Acer Ones jives with something I've been
> thinking about. I want to get an A1, but I'll need a few months to save
> up for it.  In the meantime, I'll have to live vicariously through you,
> Brian. ;-)
> On #ltsp, someone mentioned using netbooks as 'wireless pseudo thin
> clients' (my term).  They had installed just enough of linux to get NX
> running and then pointed that at the LTSP server.  This has been
> discussed before, sometimes described as a 'chubby client'.  It gives
> you the advantage of having all the apps in one place (the server) but
> also the advantage of wireless.  The person on #ltsp said that the use
> of NX kept the wireless bandwidth consumption low enought to support a
> whole classroom with one WAP, and was, if I recall correctly, under 100K
> per user.
> The downside of this arrangement is that you have to install an OS, a
> specialized one at that, onto each A1, which means that scaling up is
> more more difficult from a management standpoint.  Predictablility is
> paramount for most teachers, and having the OS on the client not boot
> because someone messed with it can ruin a computer system's reputation. 
> My latest idea is to put the OS onto an SD card and boot the A1 from
> that.  1GB SD cards are cheap, about $5, maybe less if you bought a
> large quantity.  You could burn a bunch of these including extras, give
> the extras to the teacher(s), so that if, when the kids grab the A1s for
> whatever project, one says "This one's not booting", the teacher can
> just pop in a new SD card.  This does have the problem of kids taking
> the SD card, but it's easier to deal with than needing to have the A1 in
> your possession to actually getting it working which would be the case
> if the internal storage were used.
> Any thoughts on this idea?
> Peter
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