On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 02:15, Dan Williams wrote:
So, I can't remeber if anybody mentioned this, but:
How about using config info stored on a USB keydriver? A relatively
simple GUI app could dump the config information to one/multiple
keydrives which could then be plugged into the machine when it boots up,
and an initial installation program would get values from the keydrive.
Could optionally encrypt the data on the drive since the OS image from the
server would certainly have the keys to decrypt the info on the keydrive.
Imagine being able to bring your identity/keys/config info on a USB
stick to a conference, or a branch office of your company, or hotel
There are laptops in the conference rooms for you to do a presentation,
or public machines for you to work on.
Insert the bootable USB stick, it boots a minimal kernel in RAM then
sets up a VPM to the Stateless Linux server back in your
department/office. Installs to the laptop and you are off.
Hopefully the shutdown sequence does a sync back to the server.
I blue-skyed the idea of bringing a complete distro on a large USB stick
at the UKUUG meeting this year. This is a much better concept.
No more lugging laptops about.