[CentOS] Re: Centos as a desktop, advisable?

Ross S. W. Walker rwalker at medallion.com
Thu Jul 26 14:07:13 UTC 2007

> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org 
> [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of beast
> Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:25 AM
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> Subject: [CentOS] Re: Centos as a desktop, advisable?
> On 26/07/07 17:57 +0800, Feizhou wrote:
> >>If I choose this path, can it be automatically done using 
> yum with local
> >>repository? what about existing data/settings/custom 
> apps/etc? anyone has
> >>real experiences on upgrading OS?
> >
> >You really want apt and deb based distros like ubuntu if you 
> want to go 
> >this route.
> Are you saying that upgrading Centos is not 
> advisable/reliable path and
> Ubuntu is better in this area?
> (pls, im not trying to start flame, pardon my ignorance :)
> >>Personally, I never upgrade the OS. I simply install the 
> fresh one, but its
> >>fine on my laptop, not for my clients.
> >
> >Use images then if all your 400 workstations are identical.
> Yes, previously I just clone the HD, but thats ok only for 
> new install, not
> preserving the data/user settings.
> I'm willing to go to every clients at first install if 
> needed, but not every year or so
> for maintenance. I need setup and forget setup :-p
> Thanks!

What I do is automated PXE installs using kickstart.

On a new install I have kickstart create a 128MB 'boot'
partition, then an VG out of the rest, then in the VG group
I create a 'root' LV, a 'swap' LV and the rest as a 'home' LV.

Then on upgrades I only update the 'boot' and 'root' volumes.

The user ids and stuff all come from NIS maps which are
themselves auto-created from winbind from AD. Kerberos handles
the passwords.


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