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Re: [K12OSN] EL5 K12LTSP

On Feb 8, 2008 6:21 AM, Doug Simpson <simpsond leopards k12 ar us> wrote:
I acquired a laptop at work that was donated by some company and I would like to try the EL5 (that the current version?) of K12LTSP on it.

The problem is, there is no floppy drive and it has a battery in the CD slot and I don't have a CD-ROM that will fit in there and connect up. (crappy Dell with the caddy thing).

Is there a way to install EL on it from the web or something? It currently has WindersXP on it. That is outta here if I can get EL on it.

Any ideas?

One option would be to pull the drive and put it in another computer and do the install and then put it back in the original. What caveats will I run into with this method?

I've done this with CentOS4, and if I recall correctly, without any major issues. There could be an issue with the network card, it might grab the MAC address of your "install" laptop, then when you put the disk in your laptop, the MAC addresses will not match and networking might not work right "out the box." The fix is pretty straight forward. This is what I would do.

If your laptop can PXE boot,. you could perform the installation completely over the network,  search for Kickstart +linux ...your laptop can boot essentially the same way a thin client does,  except grab an installation image instead of the thin client image. Check this out for a guide: http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-7.3-Manual/custom-guide/s1-kickstart2-putkickstarthere.html

A kickstart installation would be a lot of overhead for 1 Laptop.



Thanks for the help!


Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
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