Hello all, This week I am at LinuxExpo in New York City, USA, so haven't been hacking Etherboot, but have had a nice time here. I spoke to several embedded systems and cluster people at the Expo about Etherboot. One popular thing to do these days is for ISPs to rent out space on racks for people to put web/mail/ftp servers. It's a high-profit business for ISPs, now that DSL and cable modems are squeezing the margins for connectivity products. The unit of measure for rack space is called the "U", which seems to be about 1.5inches tall or so. So, you will see people advertising 1U servers and 2U servers. It's pretty amazing to see the inside of the box. It's basically a motherboard, power supply, and peripherals, all less than 1U tall. I was talking to one fellow who had a nice server box, and was using a Disk-on-a-chip flash to boot the box, because his client didn't want moving parts. I of course suggested Etherboot as another possible solution, since all the servers were already networked, he could boot them all from a single machine, and save the cost of the "disk-on-a-chip", and have no state on the client. This could allow him to be more competitive when building his boxes. He was quite interested, and said he'd check out Etherboot. He had an Intel eepro100b card in the machine, and was very impressed that it was possible to flash the card with Etherboot code. The show had many embedded systems vendors, there was an interesting mix of large and small companies. I made it to New York just in time to see the Linux Terminal Server Project (http://www.LTSP.org/) give their talk on implementing diskless workstations with Linux. They use Etherboot for booting their workstations, and it was nice to see a talk using the technology. They used a laptop as their server, and a small PC as the client, and it made a very effective demonstration. Congratulations to Jim McQuillan and Ron Colcernian on a fine talk. I look forward to the August LinuxExpo in California. New York is an interesting city. Buildings are so large, I got the feeling of being very tiny in comparison. People seemed to be everywhere in the city. I walked a few miles to get a flavor of the city, got some honey-roasted cashews, and was amazed with the giant electronic displays in Times Square. I found the people in general to be very "alive" and direct, and it was easy to read their intentions. Boston people tend to be less direct, so it was somewhat refreshing to have animated conversations with cab drivers and waiters and feel safe that no feelings would be bruised. (it was also fun to watch Jim McQuillan eat a 6 pound lobster at dinner on Thursday night! :-) There were many book publishers here, and as I am writing a book on implementing thin clients, I was interested in what they had to offer. The amount and quality of information available about Linux and open-source software seems to be increasing very nicely. There seems to be real value in good documentation, this should only increase as Linux becomes more prevalent in the workplace. I also forsee a sharp rise in the number of sys admin positions, and technologies such as Etherboot will allow them to be more efficient. So that's it for now. It was an interesting trip, and I look forward to the next conference. Seeing applications of open-source technlogy is quite refreshing. Regards, Marty --- Name: Martin D. Connor US Mail: Entity Cyber, Inc.; P.O. Box 391827; Cambridge, MA 02139; USA Voice: (617) 491-6935, Fax: (617) 491-7046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.thinguin.org/ =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Marty Connor <email@example.com> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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