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The Register: Install-less Linux distro to eliminate hard drives

Nov 28, 2000, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"We've seen various attempts to widen Linux's appeal among mainstream users by getting rid of as much of the open source's complex installation procedure as possible. The latest idea comes from French start-up Linbox and it essentially eliminates installation altogether. Linbox's DemoLinux distribution runs straight off an auto booting CD-ROM, creating a RAM disk in the host PC's memory and installing itself there.

"Of course, how practical DemoLinux's approach is for most users is open to question. User will need several gigabytes of RAM - for memory, storage and swap space - to make such a system work efficiently. So DemoLinux is far from the "high-performance office automation environment" its developer claims."

"That said, that isn't the point of DemoLinux. It's really a demonstration of Linbox's technology for converting PCs into thin clients. The company is targeting vertical markets, seeking out customers with whom it can work to create custom Linux distributions comprising OS and users' apps on CD."

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