FAI & Kubuntu

Juraj Holtak - ProAut s.r.o. juraj at proaut.org
Wed Feb 22 13:35:21 CET 2006

So as I can see, there is some ongoing work to ubuntu. My problem is,
that my users are bound to KDE because they were trained for it and to
go thru all that again with GNOME is not an option. So Ubuntu is a "no
go" to me. 

I`m very little familiar with Ubuntu and not at all with Kubuntu and how
much it differs from Ubuntu. I would like to hear everybodys meaning, on
how much difference (looking from FAI view) does it make to install
Ubuntu or Kubuntu using FAI. My sixth sense says, that that shouldn`t be
a big problem, but I can be wrong...

The next thing I need more information on after reading the Wiki, is the
trouble with creating a FAI cd. Does this mean the full-blown FAI cd
with all packages on it or the boot disk which actually boots and
initiates the net install? If its the second, than it might be a
problem, because some (about 20%) machines here have broken bios and do
not boot over a network. There is no more support from the manufacturer
and no bios update. The hardware diversity here is the reason, why we
actually prefer FAI over a image + some resons bound to networks and
home-directories and local printers, not every machine has the same

Thank you for your answer,

Am Dienstag, den 21.02.2006, 19:47 +0100 schrieb Florian Möllers:
> hi,
> (this mail goes only to you, as I am not subscribed with my private
> address. just cc your answer to the list to get the info into the archive)
> have a look at the officiel FAI Wiki:
> http://faiwiki.informatik.uni-koeln.de/index.php/Installing_Ubuntu_Linux_with_FAI
> in case you have further questions search the archive of the mailinglist
> for "ubuntu" there are plenty of mails on the list.
> Regards
> Florian
> or wait until henning sprang reads your mail. this is one of his mails
> from january 2006.
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Betreff: fai-multi-distribution with Ubuntu support released
> Datum: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 01:35:55 +0100
> Von: Henning Sprang <henning_sprang at gmx.de>
> An: linux-fai <linux-fai at uni-koeln.de>
> Hi,
> I just created a version of FAI 2.9 that is able to install Debian
> sarge, Ubuntu hoary, Ubuntu breezy from a single Debian sarge server.
> get it here: http://www.sprang.de/download/fai-multi-distribution/
> usage is described here:
> http://faiwiki.informatik.uni-koeln.de/index.php/Installing_Ubuntu_Linux_with_FAI
> It has very minimal changes to FAI itself, plus some extra classes that
> are needed and scripts for the creation of the basic system image. So it
> should be easy to integrate into the standard FAI development tree  - I
> was just too lazy to create a branch and desperately needed the packages
> myself... soon come.
> It only needs one nfsroot for all.
> Adding support for more Debian(-based) distributions for which a
> debootstrap package exists should be an addition of around five files
> for the basic system image and additional five class files.
> Probably the style how I integrate the other distro's debootstrap stuff
> needs a little fixing - is it O.K. to extract their binary package,
> taking the scripts (only source code) from there and redistribute them?
> There's also a file called devices.tar.gz included from them - but it's
> just a /dev/ filesystem hierarchy.
> Maybe I can not exactly call this multi-distribution, it's only
> Debian :) but it's a step ahead - adding Florent Vuillemin's very
> helpful patches for mandriva and fedora will complete that - it's not
> far away.
> Henning

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