[Beowulf] small distro for PXE boot, autostarts sshd?

Tru Huynh tru at pasteur.fr
Thu Feb 26 18:46:06 EST 2009


On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 03:00:22PM -0800, David Mathog wrote:
> There are a million distros, and many "small" distros, but these seem to
> be optimized for desktop use.  Surely there are a few out there that can
> do the following:
> 
> 1.  pxe boot (easily)
> 2.  autostart sshd, allowing root ssh login (there is no
>   keyboard on the remote machine).
> 3.  contains smartmontools, parted, fdisk, etc., but not any desktop pieces.
...
I am using kickstart + CentOS-5 + %pre feature to download the required
dropbear daemon + partprobe (parted/fdisk/sfdisk are included) + your nettee
for a post kickstart cloning of a "gold" image.

Would that qualify?

Tru
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