Re: Need Linux on a bunch of computers quickly and easily
From: JM (NO_at_SPAM.com)
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 18:53:23 GMT
Jason Victor wrote:
> Hello all.
> I have a problem. I have fifteen kids with Windows laptops, and I need
> all of them to be able to use Linux as a programming environment.
> Basically, they need to be able to boot into Linux into some sort of
> programming environment, work on stuff, save stuff, and then reboot
> back into Windows. Partitioning is not an easy option... in this
> situation it is too risky and impractical.
> I considered VMWare. I could just have all of them install VMWare and
> then I could set up a Linux "VMWare install" on my own machine and
> simply give them the hard disk files. The problem with this is that it
> is oppressively slow, and they might not all of machines capable of
> running VMware at all. Furthermore, it is uncertain whether I could
> get the funding to get 15 licenses of VMWare.
> Off the top of my head, I can think of those "Bootable CD" distros and
> the distros that install into a FAT partition. Does anybody have any
> suggestions? I'm searching for simplicity... say, a bootable CD with
> IceWM, xterm and GCC or something, that can save files to a FAT or
> NTFS partition.
> Can anybody help me out with some ideas?
A student learns as much through their own experimentation as through doing
the lessons. For this reason you should, IMNSHO, use a bootable CD. There
are a number of them that have a complete disto available. Hopefully you
can get a fat32 partion somewhere on the laptops to keep the students work
in. Or they could just save on a floppy.
If you go the dual boot way I can see something like this happening;
for(student=0; student<class_size; student++)
printf("Hey my laptop doesn't boot!!!!\n);
Here is a link to a list and description of live-cd distros:
Also you might want to check out the Slackware live site. They have a
downloadable iso image and they have all the scripts that was used to make
the image. From this you could roll your own.
Go to the download section to find the scripts.