[K12OSN] Booting Acer One from SD card?

Peter Scheie peter at scheie.homedns.org
Tue Dec 2 14:19:33 UTC 2008

Right, the lack of a protruberance that a USB stick would have is what makes the 
idea of using the SD card so appealing.  If it will work.  Looking forward to 
your results.


Rob Owens wrote:
> 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.
> -Rob
> 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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