booting from usb pen drive

John Hearns john.hearns at
Mon Nov 24 08:20:28 EST 2003

On Sun, 2003-11-23 at 08:03, Jag wrote:

> > This could be a very elegant solution for booting diskless nodes, since
> > virtually every mobo made today has USB interfaces on it, and would save you
> > the hassle of putting CDROM or Floppy drives out there.  
> I'm not sure I'd be a fan of it.  On one hand, you could just have one
> usb pen drive that you use to boot all the nodes.  Nice in theory, but I
> really don't want to have to touch a slave node just to reboot it. 
> Other than that, you'd have a nice usb key sticking out of either the
> front or rear of all your machines like a sore thumb, and would be quite
> easy to accidently brush against and break/pull-out/snap-off in your usb
> port.

I'll be happy to help anyone who wants to get Stresslinux running.

Also another potential use would be for BIOS updates to nodes without
floppies. Yes, I know it is just as easy to have a USB floppy drive
attached. But the USB keychain things are just so portable.

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