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LinuxWorld.com: How to install Linux over a network (for networks of X terminals)

Oct 19, 2001, 14:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Mattoon)

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"The PC X terminal does not need the latest version of Linux. In fact, it is often better to step back two or three years and choose a release designed to install on the hardware many people were using to experiment with Linux at the time. One of my more recent acquisitions was a stack of P75 machines. Each has 8 megabytes RAM, hard drives between 300 and 500 megabytes, built-in S3 Trio64 video adaptors with 1 megabyte of VRAM, a single 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a tape drive that remains useful for plugging what would otherwise be a hole on the front panel. Network adaptors had been removed before they came into my possession.

These machines became available for the asking when a local agency upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows 2000. A bit short of RAM, perhaps, but otherwise ideal for use as X terminals following the installation of a $1 NIC from a cache I keep on hand. A good operating system to power these machines? Slackware 3.5.

Follow along now as I describe the basics of installing Slackware 3.5 on one of them. You will find that the network installation of Linux doesn't differ greatly from a standard installation that uses a local CD-ROM, and you will find that it meets our twin criteria of Cheap and Easy. Cheap, because it eliminates redundant hardware. As for Easy, well, keep reading and find out for yourself."

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