[Soekris] Ram Disk based linux distro ?
soekris-tech at malor.com
Mon Jan 29 03:47:44 UTC 2007
Does it have to be completely self-contained? If you're providing a
PXE boot environment, usually it's just a tiny bit more effort to
provide an NFS share with whatever distro you happen to like. (Debian
is good for this application, as the base system is fairly small, and it
has tools to install itself into another directory root.) That way,
you don't need to do any mucking about with locating and debugging a
RAM-based distro... you can just boot and go, and use anything you like,
without space constraints.
If you're supporting remote sites with less technical staff, you can
provide a VMWare Player image with a DHCP server, PXE boot image, and
NFS share. This will easily fit on a CD if you're reasonably careful.
They boot this image and PXE boot the Soekris, and it's up and running
without touching the flash. From there, you can dd over a new BSD
install and upgrade your firmware.
Jaime Vargas wrote:
> I am looking for a linux distro that could be PXE booted and which
> the installation never touches the Flash Card. Also I need it to
> include the "prism2_srec" tool, so that I can mass-upgrade some
> radios using senao cards with old firmware. The radios have a BSD
> base OS in the flash card.
> Could someone here recommend such distro? I am looking for something
> similar to flashboot (http://www.mindrot.org/projects/flashboot/),
> but on the linux side.
> Jaime Vargas
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