Wow, Linux installations have come a long way in the past few years. I won’t dredge up the past, but the present certainly needs mentioning:
- I downloaded Fedora Core 2 ISO images
- I mounted them as loopback devices and dumped the contents all to one directory
- I set up that directory for NFS export
- I burned disc one for initial boot
- I booted the new server with the CD with this command:
linux vnc askmethod
This did nothing at first, but eventually asked me the type of install I wanted – NFS to the server I had already set up.
- Then the cool part – it started a VNC server on port 5901 for the gui choices.
- I went downstairs to my laptop in front of the TV, grabbed an alcoholic beverege, and proceded to choose packages on my remote (wireless) network display.
- Currently as I type, my remote display is telling me that the new server is pulling install files off the older server and installing Linux.
That’s so cool! I view my display over the network to the new server, which is pulling packages over the network from the NFS server.
For what it’s worth, it’s not a big box – just a 450 MHz P-II with 256 MB RAM. But it’s got two new 80 GB drives mirrored – nice again – the Linux install was able to do software RAID and LVM on everything.
I love being a geek.