[K12OSN] Broadcom 4401 and a few more questions...

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Thu Jul 31 22:28:57 UTC 2008

Greetings Sergio,
There are 2 phases to the boot up.

PXE is first and it doesn't matter what the NIC chip is. It asks for
data and the tftp process spits a kernel at it.

The next phase is after the kernel boots and then tries to initialize
the hardware. This is where you need the correct kernel modules. Often,
a working module exists but the testing doesn't identify it by the maker
and model number. (actually PCI ID numbers) If you know which module ran
the NIC from Knoppix, you need to just edit the file in the ltsp /etc
and add in the corrected data. You can get the data from lspci.

Holler if you need help as I am local to you :)

On Thu, 2008-07-31 at 18:12 -0400, Sergio Chaves wrote:
> Hi all.
> I've been "listening" to the list for quite a while and I am a great
> Linux 
> enthusiast. Thanks to all of you for making ltsp a great tool!
> A - Broadcom Issue:
> I've been given the opportunity to create a lab with 25 PCs running
> LTSP for a 
> test drive. 
> PCs are DELL Dimension 2350 with PXE enabled Broadcom BCM4401 (Per
> Knoppix).
> After LTSP install, I am able to connect to the server but fail to
> load the 
> required driver. I checked the wiki and "googled" it. It seems that
> the LTSP 
> kernel does not have a driver for it.
> As I was searching, I read an email where (as I understood) the user
> was able 
> to initially connect to the server via PXE and then, with an "if"
> statement 
> in the LTSP_dhcpd.conf, below the "filename" line, was able to
> continue the 
> boot process using ETHERBOOT, which contains the required driver. Did
> I 
> understand that correctly? If so, how would I do it.
> My goal is (preferred but not necessary):
> 01 - Diskless Clients
> 02 - Avoid Floppy's or any other type of removable media.
> B - Question on /etc/skel and Firefox:
> I've read on earlier posts to this list that we can use /etc/skel to
> control 
> and/or create a general, unchangeable user profile (?) and tweak
> Firefox to 
> limit the user web experience.
> Can I get some input on that one too?
> Thanks
> Sergio 
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