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    New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    I wanted to know if anyone is interested in trying this.
    We've made Linux boot very easy - just need any PC that will boot on a network using PXE.

    The Hopnetix Linux distro has the open ofice suite built in and is customisable. I've spent a few months working on it and already have it up and running in a couple of establishments.

    The Linux network boot PC (no hard disk = less electricity = greener) can be used for the following:

    1. connection using rdp to windows terminal services / linux
    2. vnc connection
    3. open office
    4. citrix ica client
    5. sun SGD thin client

    PCs to run this can be found for £160 but you can use any PC

    anyway I'm looking for people to try this so I'd appreciate a reply / PM

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    Chuck it my way and I'll try it out on a classroom which i've taken offline for repairs to see how well it works.

    What's it based on? Knoppix I assume? What size is it?

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    I'm interested too.

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    me 3

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    Sounds good to me. Whats the url for the download?

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Offic

    sounds great, where do we get it?

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Offic

    A quick google says http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/General_Live_Diskless and yes it is Knoppix based.

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Office su

    A computer without a harddrive... things really have come full circle!

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    Re: New instant boot - diskless Linux OS with built in Offic

    OK, thanks for the interest - i've finally got round to setting up a server with enough bandwidth to host the image (KNOPPIX)

    Here's the instructions on obtaining the hopnetix / plasmanetix diskless OS
    and installing the server on any windows machine.

    installing hopnetix / plasmanetix server and testing

    requirements
    - 2gb free disk space
    - LAN network connection

    download from

    ftp://ftpw.plasmanet-uk.com/plasmanetix.exe

    username: plasmanetix
    password: plasmanetix2005

    run plasmanetix.exe and it will ask you for a password

    password: plasmanetix2005

    click install - leave the path as c:\pnuk\plasmanetix

    (alternative location for the plasmanetix folder
    copy s:\software\plasmanetix contents to c:\pnuk\plasmanetix
    or obtain from CD)

    1. start launch_plasmanetix.bat
    2. start tftpd32.exe - plasmanetix is now running
    3. install textpad from c:\pnuk\plasmanetix\sw\txpeng502.exe - install to

    c:\pnuk\programs
    4. configure c:\pnuk\plasmanetix\pxelinux.cfg\default - right click the file and

    choose textpad
    - change the line that starts with
    ammend nfsdir=192.168.0.19
    - so that 192.168.0.19 is replaced with the current ip address of this (server)

    machine

    PXE boot a machine connected on this server connected via a LAN - you can use the
    virtual machine provided to test this

    5. install VMWare player from c:\pnuk\plasmanetix\sw\VMware-player-1.0.3-34682.exe

    - install to c:\pnuk\programs

    6. launch vmware and choose the virtual_machine\hopnetix\hopnetix.vmx file

    optional - Configuring plasmanetix digtal signage player

    7. configure the PlasmaNetix player for attaching to your PlasmaNet server

    - change the c:\pnuk\plasmanetix\KNOPPIX\index_en.html
    - so the line:
    var PlasmaNet_URL = "http://192.168.0.20/plasmanet78.nsf/frame?openagent&z.linux";
    - reflects your plasmanet server and channel

    8. configure the hopnetix client network configuration so the internet gateway is defined
    - change the c:\pnuk\plasmanetix\KNOPPIX\resolv.conf
    - make sure the line nameserver reflects the ip address of your dns gateway for the internet
    - use texpad and make sure the file is saved as type UNIX

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    So... how's it working for everybody?

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