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Jim Peterson (non-member)'s picture

Diskless systems

Anyone interested in open-source, diskless systems? I've designed a replacement for our catalog machines that use no hard drive or CD/DVD drives. When they are done, they will boot from an internal Compact Flash card, run on Xubuntu (FREE Linux distribution), and boot directly into Firefox for access to our OPAC and only to our OPAC. They will also be hardened with the Bastille, also free, for security lockdowns.

The base machine is an MSI Wind nettop, running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and onboard Intel graphics. Attached are a keyboard, mouse and 19" LCD monitor. Total cost in hardware was right at $300, counting the monitor. Contact me at jim at gmpl dot org for more info!

Ben Haines's picture

I was trying to set something like this up, but wasn't quite technically savvy enough to do it. It's silly to pay for a Windows license to run a web browser, but that's what I ended up doing. I'm sure there would be a lot of interest in this, if you were able to distribute it as a disk image.

Jim Peterson (non-member)'s picture

I'll be setting up the ISO file on our library's web site, and I'll be blogging about the journey as well. Library site = www.gmpl.org, blog = http://jimmythegeek.livejournal.com


Jim Peterson

IT Manager

Goodnight Memorial Library