Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by valnar on Mon 27th Nov 2006 12:34 UTC
valnar
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2006-01-17

I'm familiar with Red Hat's Anaconda and Kickstart, but other than that, how do you deploy 1000 Linux PC's with all the software installed in a quick fashion?

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RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by fsckit on Mon 27th Nov 2006 12:54 in reply to "How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-09-24

Exactly the same way. Just about every Linux distro, and even the BSDs can be set up on a PXE boot station and loaded automatically. Some just require more work than others to get it up and running, but once it's set loading a 1000 PCs is a cake walk.

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RE[2]: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:40 in reply to "RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-01-06

Uhhhhh, installation is only one facet. How about training, how about app compatibility, how about documentation, how about procedures, how about app porting, etc? Oh, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Duh...

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RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by fearmachine on Mon 27th Nov 2006 13:56 in reply to "How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-03-30

The simple answer is with LTSP. I don't know why people who use computers for office work don't go with thin client systems. I'm an IT person for a moderately large school division in saskatchewan and we have a rather large number of users using thin clients (mix between LTSP and Sunray).

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RE[2]: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by Doc Pain on Mon 27th Nov 2006 14:10 in reply to "RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-10-08

"I don't know why people who use computers for office work don't go with thin client systems."

Hmmm... that would be a good solution. You'd have to do administration only on few computers and could add and remove workstation clients as you like.

The library of the university I once studied at had a Sun system with Ray clients. They were small, fast, silent, you could log in everywhere you wanted and still have all your files and settings. You could add local and central printers and had support for many hardware accessories (e. g. via USB). The system was running Solaris, of course. Linux already supports the modern Sun hardware platforms.

Did I mention they were silent? PC stuff usually is loud. Not good for work, neither at home.

So get rid of PCs and use thin clients where it makes sense. In the discussed case it surely does.

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RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by Sphinx on Mon 27th Nov 2006 14:40 in reply to "How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2005-07-09

Make rpm your bitch. I'd set up my own rpmfind.net server in house with rpm2html, rpm all corporate software packages and just go old school on it. If I couldn't do kickstart I'd create custom iso's to slam it home no questions asked unattended.

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RE[2]: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by valnar on Mon 27th Nov 2006 15:00 in reply to "RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-01-17

There's no problem with 1000 PC's on the network being identical?

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RE[2]: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by wibbit on Mon 27th Nov 2006 15:24 in reply to "RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2006-03-22

I would have suggested setting up a yum (fc, soon to be redhat) up2date (redhat) repository for all custom built RPM's.

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RE: How to deploy 1000 PC's?
by hal2k1 on Tue 28th Nov 2006 03:17 in reply to "How to deploy 1000 PC's?"
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2005-11-11

//how do you deploy 1000 Linux PC's with all the software installed in a quick fashion?//

These support people can tell you how to do it for 100,000 machines.

http://www.ubuntu.com/support/paid

1,000 would be dead simple.

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