[CentOS] Booting Diskless Workstations

Sorin Srbu sorin.srbu at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 07:29:14 UTC 2008

Something just occured to me on this this...

Suppose I have an old Amd 486DX2/40, could this oldie be setup so that it
boots a minimal (blocky) GUI over NFS to be able to run xmms or something like
that? Has anybody tried (something similar like) this?

-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf
Of Stephen Harris
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:05 AM
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Subject: Re: [CentOS] Booting Diskless Workstations

On Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 03:47:04PM -0600, Joseph L. Casale wrote:
> >What's wrong with NFS?  You can even have root on NFS these days
> >A quick google found:
> >  http://www.digitalpeer.com/id/linuxnfs
> Nothing actually, just no experience with it. What is the performance like
of NFS?
> Given good hardware, does this make for a production quality setup?

NFS is the traditional diskless workstation method, as used by Sun for
the past 2 or 3 decades.  The efficacy of it is very dependent on what
you're doing.  Web browsing, reading email, running the odd program;
people won't notice.  High I/O intensive applications... not suited for
diskless in the first place!  The key is mostly sufficient memory so
that the machine doesn't swap and can keep commonly accessed programs
in I/O cache.


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