[Beowulf] small distro for PXE boot, autostarts sshd?
smulcahy at atlanticlinux.ie
Fri Feb 27 05:17:06 EST 2009
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.
+1 on what others have said about FAI if you're using Debian or Ubuntu
(afaik, at least Ubuntu has some support now for using Red Hat's
kickstart style approach to automatic installation also but it may not
be as full featured as on RPM based distributions).
In terms of starting with a minimal base - I'm pretty sure you can do
this with any of the mainstream distributions but you can definitely
install very minimal Debian or Ubuntu systems (with Debian, just don't
select anything other than what you want during install, it won't try to
pull in the kitchen sink with dependencies unless you ask for something
like a GNOME tool, with Ubuntu there is an option on the first
installation screen to select a "Minimal system" - I think it's the F4
key but I'd have to verify this).
You might find the following links useful starting points
Stephen Mulcahy Atlantic Linux http://www.atlanticlinux.ie
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