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LCA 2004 started at Wed Jan 14 08:00:00 2004.

The Inetd Linux.conf.au LiveCD Project

An Inetd Sponsorship using Virtual Machines

What is it?

An attempt to solve the syndrome of "wow that was a nifty talk, I'll try out that kernel patch/beta version/new thing just as soon as I get two days to learn how to install and drive it". Which never happens of course! Which means that to many LCA attendees a lot of the talks are just that -- talk.

The LiveCD aims to make LCA more valuable to attendees by giving hands-on experience. Some speakers have already indicated they will be incorporating the LiveCD into their talk for those that have computers with them. For others the value will be in reviewing working systems long after the details of the talk have faded from RAM.

Sponsored by Inetd the LiveCD project is producing a Knoppix-style bootable CD with LCA-related software configured and ready to run.

What will it Run?

A lot of the software speakers will be presenting about is:

  • kernel-specific
  • unstable
  • incompatible with software from other speakers
  • a complete distribution

The details of what software will be installed is still being worked out in discussion with the speakers, but we do know so far that the CD will likely consist of:

  1. A virtual network containing several machines
  2. A number of User Mode Linux (UML) machines
  3. Other architectures of virtual machine including 64-bit and non-Intel
  4. Multiple GUI desktops
  5. Several web-based packages
  6. One clustered package

No ethernet card is required on the host since everything is virtualised. If you can boot Knoppix (Intel, not PowerPC) then you can boot the Inetd LCA LiveCD.

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