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Why Kickstart in LTHI/LTHC
Various workstations for assistants, professors and visitors in offices and our lab -- all of them Linux-only
- delivered pre-installed Linux stations from Dell, Transtec
Hardware differences: IDE or SCSI (but mostly 9 GB single-disk systems), different mice, graphics, sound cards
The goal: create a Kickstart configuration that:
- is as generic as possible (one diskette for all stations)
- installs a computer that needs very little post-install handling AND is up-to-date on installation.
While I could experiment with booting over the network, I prefer not to – not all my client nodes have a suitable network card, and I prefer that stations are as independent from the network as possible, because of workstation accessibility.
A classroom of stations would make me rethink the boot method – ie: network instead of floppy boot diskette.