Re: Need Linux on a bunch of computers quickly and easily

From: Cybe R. Wizard (
Date: 09/18/03

Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 01:30:17 GMT

On 17 Sep 2003 09:02:15 -0700 (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?
> Thanks!

Knoppix ( or damnsmalllinux ( and
a fat32 partition to which to save.

Cybe R. Wizard

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