[plug] Linux Ghost alternative?

Nick Bannon nick at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Thu Apr 13 10:54:51 WST 2000

On Thu, Apr 13, 2000 at 10:19:50AM +0800, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> We used a system based on Linux boot floppies and NFS root file
> system.  If you want, you can have a copy of our system.  It is rather
> big. :-)

I'd definitely like to see that. Perhaps a file listing and any scripts
would be enough.

There's a project called "JACAL" ;
They have a good description of what they did, but they're kinda
lacking in the actual released software stakes.

People mentioned tar and dd - using dd on the raw partition is
very straightforward, when it's an option (ie copying the same size
partitions). Combining that with GNU parted to resize the partitions
to fill the disk should be easy enough.

On another tack, I don't quite understand how to make a bootable DOS/Win95
partition from scratch, unfortunately - should it be as simple as
"mkdosfs" and copying io.sys, msdos.sys and command.com to the partition?
It'd be nice to have a Linux boot disk which could partition, format,
suck down the CAB files over the network and then let you do a complete
install from that point. The alternative is dealing with DOS networking
on floppy discs, which is unfortunately a basic part of Imagecast IC3,
Ghost and the like.

> We even made some scripts for WinNT to autoconfigure hostname and OID
> after the fresh install.  Documentation for this is unfortunately in
> Norwegian.

That would be useful too, but of course it's not an option for Win95/98.


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