2. What you need

2.1 Hardware

 A diskless workstation does not need anything other than a working computer mother board and a
network card that bootp can drive.
All other hardware is up to you and the way you set up your kernel.
It is possible to have no screen or keyboard and setup the system to act as a simple print
server (minimal system) or you could set up a complete system that does every thing except
access a local hard disk (if this is the case it may be worthwhile buying a hard drive).
 

2.2 Software

The software that I describe here is called netboot and can be found at the netboot web site.
I will not give a version number because every time I tell someone the latest thing they reply with
an even later thing :- }.

Netboot  is designed to boot any Linux kernel over a network ( the "kernel image" itself is sent
over the network). There is even mention of booting other operating systems using netboot but
I don't know how well that is going.

Other software requirments...... Linux kernal source (of course) ,tftp (usualy included in most
distributions) and all the software required to boot the system up that you require.

For more information read the following Howto's and man pages.
Diskless mini-HOWTO
NFS HOWTO
NET-3 HOWTO
tfpt(1)
tfptd(8)
bootptab(5)
bootpd(8)
inetd(8)
X(1)
Xserver(1)
 
 
 

 



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