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ClusterKnoppix

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the making-the-hard-things-easy dept.

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chronicon writes "Knoppix is the ultimate live CD. No geek-kit should be without it. Now Wim Vandersmissen has taken it a step futher by adding openMosix functionality. Drop the clusterKnoppix CD in your "server", boot up... boot up some networked clients... Knoppix built in LTSP magic kicks in and ta-da--instant cluster!"

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Imagine a (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067699)

... forget it.

IMAGINE A MONGOLIAN BEOWULF CLUSTERFUCK OF THESE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067700)

My baby done left me (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067800)

And I feel like homemade shit.

TROLL?!?!?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068028)

How is that a Troll? He obviously is sad because his baby left him, and you call him a Troll????

Fucking stupid asshat moderators on crack!

YOU KNOW WHAT ..... YOU WIN!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067858)

www.macslash2.org

Here's your justification, you lousy piece of troll shit. My DSL connection at home sucks, and that's where the beta server is running. I gave out the site to 125 people who emailed me asked me for the site, so that it didn't die.
Now you've decided to be a fucking flaming asshole and post the site everywhere, causing signifacnt problems with my DSL at home because you're a piece of shit with nothing better to do.

I've wasted 5 hours this morning deleting your trolls and in the meantime have gotten NO other work done because of you. I'm trying to do something nice for MacSlash community and upgrade our server so it's better. You insist on wasting my time with this shit, and keeping me from being able to work on the new server.

I've worked on this site for over 3 years without every making a penny off of it because I like the interaction with other Mac users. You've just spoiled that. I now dread loading the site every morning because of trolls like you. I spend most of my time now dealing with your petty bullshit instead making this a better place. And I'm about ready to just shut the whole damn thing down instead of dealing with you anymore.

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Re:YOU KNOW WHAT ..... YOU WIN!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067992)

WHy don't you..

a.> STFU cuz no one cares about your lame site, that's why only trolls post.

b.> stop running a server on your home DSL, idiot.

c.> STFU cuz no one cares about you either.

I like Macs, but i hate dumbfuck mac users like you.

Hehe Neat (1)

Cybo2002 (567625) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067710)

Wow, This Is Pretty Cool. There Are Alot Of Possibilities Of Instant Networking Here. ALOT Of Possibilities.

Aaaaaaawwwwww yeeeeeaaaahhhhh.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067741)

I just soiled myself with joy!

Re:Hehe Neat (5, Funny)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067746)

This is going to be great for quickly encoding DIVX movies in computer labs ;)

Re:Hehe Neat (3, Interesting)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067790)

I wasnt trying to be funny I'm actually going to do this! It takes about 14 hours on a single windows machine right now (1Ghz AMDs). If I get 30 machines it should take little over half an hour to do a single movie. woo hoo

Re:Hehe Neat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067853)

For backup purposes... right? ;)

Re:Hehe Neat (1)

Cybo2002 (567625) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067881)

Shh, the RIAA are watching :D

Re:Hehe Neat (1)

mmol_6453 (231450) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067960)

I can see the next press release now:

"They were using the equivalent of 16 PCs...er...nevermind."

Re:Hehe Neat (2, Interesting)

kcurrie (4116) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067943)

Do yo have an encoding program that will actaully break up the encoding to work on multiple CPUs? If not, you'll gain nothing.

Mosix works like a big SMP box, no special code is required, so you just fork and forget.

Re:Hehe Neat (5, Interesting)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067997)

well I do actually.... GNU/Vidomi [vidomi.com]

Re:Hehe Neat (0)

missing000 (602285) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067752)

hmM I don'T knoW abouT thaT, buT I likE youR usE oF capitalizatioN alittle.

Re:Hehe Neat (1)

Cybo2002 (567625) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067861)

Thank You Very Much :P

Re:Hehe Neat (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067782)

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FTP Server shutdowned (1)

dimmu (214039) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067713)

FTP Server seemed to be shutdown

Beuwolf (-1, Redundant)

Capt. DrunkenBum (123453) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067716)

Imagine a Beuwolf cluster of..... Nevermind.

Re:Beuwolf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067824)

How does this shit deserve to be 3? Not only is it a shitty played out joke, but he's not even the first one to make it for this post. Fucking idiot moderators.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster!! (4, Informative)

stanmann (602645) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067721)

Ok, Kidding. I'm actually quite impressed with the wide support Knoppix provides for hardware and functionality. 5 years ago, the network computer theory was being trundled out, AGAIN. Now we have the capability for a truly functional dumb terminal/server configuration and it will run on any commodity hardware/software higher than a 486DX(allegedly). It ran well on my oddball Celeron 300 with a 640x480 monitor, although right now that is my only complaint with the various implementations of X...

This is great! (-1)

Can it run Linux (664464) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067771)

Does it run Linux?

Re:Imagine a Beowulf cluster!! (1)

GreyOrange (458961) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067836)

Well, I'm quite impressed also. I've been looking for something this easy to deploy for demostration purposes, plus theres nothing like having a few dozen home computers at my house hooked up. Thanks slashdot for bringing this news to me!

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067725)

that is so beautiful it makes me want to cry... will it work if I do the knoppix-hd-install?

As if I needed another reason... (5, Interesting)

mercan01 (458876) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067728)

I found out about OpenMosix recently, and I'd been looking for an excuse to test it out. This just makes it even easier.

I'm wondering how difficult it is to setup. Is it as easy as the poster made it sound?

Re:As if I needed another reason... (5, Interesting)

1qa2ws3ed (662567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067817)

i didn't touch the keyboard. ten clicks with the mouse (i'm sure they where not more than ten...) and i was running a single system image cluster based on 3 diskless nodes... it is probably easyer to set it up than to explain what it can do. and it can do A LOT...

Can ClusterKnoppix clients boot from the CD? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068056)

instead of the ethernet ROM?

Re:As if I needed another reason... (1)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067940)

I dont know how easy it'll be, but I like the sound of it over doing it from the ground up...

An IT lecturer in our college just came to me the other day.. he has recently discovered Linux (one must ask why it has taken him this long.. but at least he is making the effort), and is currently learning it and playing with it.

He recently saw information on Linux clustering, and seeing as his classroom is made up of 18 or so nice 1GHz+ pc's, he told me it was something he'd really like to try out. Whilst I thought it was a great idea, I was a little concerned at the amount of time it would take me to get up and running - let alone the amount of reading up i'd need to do.

Just reading this has made me realise it could be the answer to all my problems.. :)

IT/Clustering made cheap (2, Interesting)

mmol_6453 (231450) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068004)

Linux Magazine just did a three-article bonanza on how Beowulf clusters came about, and the costs and issues involved with running one.

This could blow all of that away; Just insert the CD in all of the machines in your office, and let fly. Air conditioning? Already accounted for. Power consumption? Not much more than usual. Floorspace? Just a little under everyone's desk.

What I'd like to see would be companies switching over to all-Linux or mostly-Linux shops, running all their machines as an OpenMosix cluster. They could sell off their spare CPU cycles, quite easily. Ironically, IT's never been so cheap.

Instant Beowulf Cluster (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067731)

Just add water!

Re:Instant Beowulf Cluster (3, Funny)

lacrymology.com (583077) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068042)

I did this... ... ..... .. . What's wrong with my computer?

Come on, I know you're out there (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067732)

All these posts and not a single person has yet posted to tell us all how great Gentoo is in comparison to Knoppix or any other distribution ever? Come on, you Gentoo fanboys are slacking!

Re:Come on, I know you're out there (0, Troll)

gladbach (527602) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067796)

LOL. the funny thing is, he's right. Gentoo IS THE BEST DISTRO EVAR. but, knoppix is neat all by itself.

Re:Come on, I know you're out there (0, Offtopic)

Schezar (249629) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067904)

Gentoo IS THE BEST DISTRO EVAR

The best distro ever is functional AND simple to install.

SIMPLE to INSTALL.

Re:Come on, I know you're out there (1)

DeltaSigma (583342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067987)

So that's a "no" to Debian?

Hmph, now I wish Debian had a mascot so that I could claim you made him cry.

Re:Come on, I know you're out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068000)

i hear he brought a tear to the swirly thing's eye...

This is the problem with Linux (0)

FatAssBastard (530195) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067743)

You have all these (admittedly talented) programmers spending all this
time on worthless projects when they should be spending time on
something worthwhile, like a consistent user interface, easy OS
install, or a decent media player.


Until the Linux Community learns this very important lesson, Linux will
continue to be relegated to second class citizen status to superior OS's
like Windows XP or MacOS X.

Re:This is the problem with Linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067863)

You, sir, are an asshole. However, you're a damned succinct and intelligent one.

Awesome... (1)

Sh0t (607838) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067744)

While I do admit knoppix is pretty cool and this is certainly one degree cooler, I have to admit I don't really see how useful this can be?

Re:Awesome... (5, Interesting)

stanmann (602645) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067781)

Well, think of an environment where you have boxen sitting around unused part of the time, and want to be able to plug and unplug cluster components dynamically and not have any persistent data stored on the part time cluster members, Possibly even using them for windows and word processing during the day and cracking the xbox key at night.

Re:Awesome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067791)

It gives the hardware geeks in my office an excuse to keep their 20 old grey boxes lying around for another few years, which in turn lowers central heating bills ;o)

Bernie ;o)

Say this three times fast (2, Funny)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067748)

Can cretans create clusterfuck of Clusterknoppixes?

Heh (4, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067750)

The author's got some really funny [bofh.be] images [bofh.be] on his site.

Funny images? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067819)

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067820)

And this [clue.bofh.be] is hilarious too.

Pop it in (0)

emo boy (586277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067757)

Pop in the cd and out pops an operating system with a crispy-crusty-tender-flaky crust.

Imagine A Beowulf Cluster Of : +1, Incendiary (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067759)

Reichstags [whitehouse.org]

Cheers,
W00t

Bush's 9-11 Reichstag Fire: +1, Hyperpatriotic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067844)

Read about Bush and his Reichstag at:

The United States of Amerika [commondreams.org]

mirrors needed! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067760)

From here [bofh.be] : mirrors are needed! please contact me

All I have to say is.. <voice actor="nelson">Ha ha!</voice>

Set up a Torrent! (0, Redundant)

mmol_6453 (231450) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067902)

Um...this is probably obvious, but why doesn't someone set up a Torrent?

Interesting... (5, Funny)

Flabby Boohoo (606425) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067762)

"Knoppix is the ultimate live CD"

That's what they said about "Peter Framptom Comes Live" too.

There can only be one ultimate!

Re:Interesting... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067777)

I thought Peter Frampton only did this while he was on the Internet.

Terminals vs Licenses (1, Funny)

vaseyandco (645760) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067774)

Does that mean now I'm going to get sued for every terminal client now, as well as ever server? Damn I'd start saving. Or get a job at Novell.

clusterKnoppix Mirrors (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067775)

clusterKnoppix is in desperate need of mirrors. here's one (but i urge you all to make a .torrent or something):
http://www.openmosixview.com/clusterk noppix/

for a crappy yet less bloaty altenative, check out PlumpOS: http://plumpos.sourceforge.net/

Re:clusterKnoppix Mirrors (1)

gladbach (527602) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067821)

yes, torrent please. Websites of this nature should get smart and just start providing their own bittorrent links, and throw up a few volunteer seeds.

Re:clusterKnoppix Mirrors (5, Interesting)

Mr. McGibby (41471) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067893)

How about a non-copyright-infringing make-your-own-torrent web site? I'm sure it wouldn't get the bandwidth load that the other torrent sites. Then random people on slashdot could actually just do this themselves and post a comment with a torrent link.

The name needs adjustment (4, Interesting)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067803)

"OpenMosixKnoppix didn't quite sound good, so I called it ClusterKnoppix ;)"

I would have chosen Kloppix...the "l" for cluster, the rest is self-explanitory.

BitTorrent = SHIT and still not legal anyway (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067804)

What the hell?

I thought this P2P illegal file sharing stuff was at least supposed to be GOOD?

Im getting 2kb/s download and 25kb/s upload? WTF? I would rather download on a 14.4 modem, I would get it faster... and you stupid leeches wouldnt be sucking my bandwidth you fat greasy PIGS!!!

Re:BitTorrent = SHIT and still not legal anyway (0, Troll)

jonathan_ingram (30440) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067879)

You know BitTorrent's not an illegal file sharing tool, but anyway -- if you think 2k down / 25k up's bad, you've obviously never used eDonkey/eMule! When you're trying to download something, and the lowest queue position you're in is 400, you'll learn to appreciate BitTorrent.

Re:BitTorrent = SHIT and still not legal anyway (0, Troll)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067918)


Get the eMule source and hack out the upload crap. Have it generate a new user ID every run so you don't get a bad rating, you just stay as a "newer user". I always get ~150KB/sec in with 0K out. While you're at it, increase your search connections/sec.. There's LOTS you can do...

Mods please moderate down (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068045)

Noone should read his shit

Imagine you unimaginitive fuckers fucking off!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067805)

Imagine a cluster of that, losers.

Re:Imagine you unimaginitive fuckers fucking off!! (-1, Flamebait)

!Freeky2BGeeky (657344) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067984)

It would seem you have some unresolved hostility. You might want to get that checked.

Minimum hardware? (4, Interesting)

wlj (204164) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067815)

What is the minimum hardware needed to support this? Obviously a NIC, but can it run diskless (no HDD or CD)?

That suddenly makes for a VERY cheap grid node. (Didn't want to use the "B" word :-)

Re:Minimum hardware? (1)

1qa2ws3ed (662567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067857)

yes

Re:Minimum hardware? (3, Informative)

stanmann (602645) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067989)

From Knoppix.org What are the minimum system requirements?

Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),
20 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products),
bootable CD-ROM drive,
or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI),
standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,
serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.
And for graphics mode, you need a monitor that will support 800x600 for reasonable performance. it will run at 640x480, but feels cramped.

bittorrent (2, Informative)

parkanoid (573952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067822)

Bittorrents going up in ~20 mintes, stand by.

Limitations? (1)

mmol_6453 (231450) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067925)

This will be an interesting study? How useful will multiple independant bittorrents be?

If you have multiple Torrent servers/trackers, won't you be limiting the available bandwitdth?

Re:Limitations? (1)

parkanoid (573952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067957)

That's why I posted a warning ahead of time, so that others would not bother setting up separate torrents.

So, where is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068067)

Come on, come on... I'm getting antsy

SCO is tanking hard again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067845)

SCO is tanking again today!
After losing 25% of their stock value yesterday (after Novell called them on their bullshit and showed them as the LIARS they are), they are going for another 25% today. Already down 10%!!! http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=SCOX&d=v1 [yahoo.com]

Sell! Sell! SELL!

Suck it, SCO bitches!

Re:SCO is tanking hard again! (0, Offtopic)

twocents (310492) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067923)

Gosh, I can't imagine people that had invested millions in Linux becoming angry that SCO is threatening to sue Linus and thinking twice about buying their stock and their services.

Most people dumped their software years ago, so hopefully everyone will now finish them off and dump their stock.

Re:SCO is tanking hard again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068043)

And here, in pictures for extra funny effect is their stock taking a nosedive after Novell chimed in....

http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=SCOX&d=c&t=5d&l=on&z= m&q=l [yahoo.com]

Ha Ha Ha

Applications I could run? (2, Interesting)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067848)

What applications can I run right away if I burn a bunch of these and boot up a few of the machines on my network? Do I have to configure IP addresses? Does it assume I have DHCP installed? Which Linux programs will automatically benefit from the cluster?

Re:Applications I could run? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067937)

Not too many 'common' apps, but things like PVM PovRay, make, various CD ripping/video processing utilities. There is a list on OpenMOSIX.org

With the experimental DSM patches being developed, Apache even runs, but most things like databases and web servers generally don't because they depend on shared memory to work, and shared memory on a cluster is a difficult thing to provide if oyu want any kind of performance.

Pilsbury Doughboy found dead at 71 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067856)

It is with heavy heart that I must pass on the following news:

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the food community. The
Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications
from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities
turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack,
the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, Snap, Crackle and Pop, and Captain
Crunch. The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered
the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much
he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with
turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his
dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he
still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John Dough and
Jane Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his
elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Re:Pilsbury Doughboy found dead at 71 (-1, Offtopic)

Cybo2002 (567625) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067903)

.....uhhhh.......right.

Arghhh (1)

Usquebaugh (230216) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067870)

Do not use MOSIX in a HA cluster. MOSIX is great for HP situations but for a terminal server, arghh

Re:Arghhh (1)

1qa2ws3ed (662567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067914)

1) this is not mosix (but the target is the same) 2) this is an HP setup. clients are run in textmode only, only eventually with a full blown kde to use it as also as a terminal server. you choose.

Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067878)

a beowulf cluster of... BEOWULF CLUSTERS!!!

I think they should provide a way of installing it to a hard drive, for people like me who like to go dumpster diving for old 500MB-1.2GB hdd's.

Re:Imagine... (1)

1qa2ws3ed (662567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067938)

afaik it is installable, but you need a bit more space, about 2gb. speaking of beowulf cluster of beowulf cluster, in clusterknoppix there is bochs (and it can migrate through nodes), so maybe you could run clusterknoppix recursively into itself...

Re:Imagine... (1)

DeltaSigma (583342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068017)

...and just like a light bulb powering itself illuminating the surface of an attached photovoltaic cell, you'll get more processing power with knoppix clustering with knoppix inside of virtual machines... ...Someone had to say it!

I should give this a shot (1, Offtopic)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067884)

I have here a compaq contura Aero 486 sx/33 with 4megs of ram and a 170 meg HD. I find that Caldara, while being one of the only things that will run on it, is a might bit slugish.

The contura Aero is particulary annoying because of it's use of a Pcmcia floppy drive, and only 1 type II slot. For those unfamilar, it's not like you can hot swap the floppy and have it still work or anything useful like that.

For me it's either the laptop or a old net terminal for telnet fuctionality, and the laptop takes up less space.

Re:I should give this a shot (1)

stanmann (602645) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068046)

you might do better with one of the roll your own distros, Gentoo, Sourcemage, etc. especially if all you need is a text terminal... you could probably even get something that would fit on a floppy as in kernal and terminal software.

hmmm. game servers? (1)

gladbach (527602) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067908)

I dont know enough about open mosix, but would this concievably work for game servers? Problems I forsee would be the issue of the servers needing to bind to ips, and secondly, the server process switching nodes and lagging like hell.

anyone know enough to talk about this?

Re:hmmm. game servers? (2, Informative)

1qa2ws3ed (662567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068010)

one example: http://openmosix.sourceforge.net/#Documentation the last one.

ObVMSPost (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067911)

Wow, instant cluster set-up, does it come with a graphical wizard and all?

Linux must stop trying to be like Windows. The lack of Unix sysadmins that made dumbed-down Windows NT the choice for small businesses in the mid-90s is no longer a problem, and companies need only worry about functionality rather than whether their sysadmin is competent enough to set up by any other method than point-and-click (or fit-and-forget).

Linux's enterprise respectability (and I mean real enterprise, not 20-employee small office) would come from "innovating" from such systems as VMS, not Windows.

would be fine except mosix sucks (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6067928)

god damn mosix is a pile of crap. it was written by a guy who doesn't even know C's datatypes, and it shows. my advice to you is simple: don't use mosix.

OK, really dumb question here... (3, Interesting)

gosand (234100) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067932)

From the page:
"openMosix terminal server" - uses PXE, DHCP and tftp to boot linux clients via the network. No CDrom drive/harddisk/floppy needed for the clients

How do the clients work if no CDrom/HD/Floppy is needed? I am trying to wrap my brain around this one. I get the cluster server idea, but then does the server determine which clients on the network will boot into the cluster? Is it via DHCP? Doesn't there need to be *something* on the client side like a HD/floppy/CDrom so it can boot?

Re:OK, really dumb question here... (2, Informative)

SnowDeath (157414) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067965)

Good reverend, you should search for PXE info - it is basically a chip on a network card that can basically "boot" to the network...it seaches for DHCP, BOOTP, etc and blah blah blah :)

Re:OK, really dumb question here... (2, Informative)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067967)

The network card has just enough of simple BIOS to grab some necessary info from the net - first a simple bootup code, then the kernel, then mount the network drives... Everything kept in RAM. Few modern network cards support this, but if you see an empty chip socket on a network card, it's most probable it's place for the boot code EEPROM.

It should speed up my SETI@home contributions (4, Funny)

silviuc (676999) | more than 11 years ago | (#6067995)

I'm expecting big speedups for my SETI@home work. Now lemme get my hands on those ISOs...

really needs to be said (3, Insightful)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068001)

this is truly remarkable and only could be done in an open source envronment. it is projects liek this that clearly show that it is only a matter of time before we look back and go "micro who?". forget the billions in the bank, the fud, the monopoly, etc., could they really do something like this? and when the cat is finally, really out of the bag, about the quality of F/OSS, it will be amazing.

Applications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068003)

I've been reading all about openmosix, and I think it's neat and all, but.. What can it do?

Besides the little simulation programs they have to test it. List some tasks it could be used for in a typical sort of home network with a half dozen nodes..

Hmmm.... (2, Insightful)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068016)

Start a cluster of these with some profitable computations at work in the evening, using every worker's own PC, then come in first in the morning to remove all evidences quickly and painlessly... (or even watch over that all during your graveyard shift as a sysadmin)... Instant cluster - that's clever.

Did You Say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6068019)

CLUSTER [clusterlizard.org] ?

A much better name (2, Interesting)

Mr_Perl (142164) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068031)

From the site

OpenMosixKnoppix didn't quite sound good, so I called it ClusterKnoppix ;)


I would propose the moniker "Cloppix"

Brings to mind images of a certain powerful one eyed giant...

Easy bake clusters (1)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068041)

Sounds like it will fit perfectly next to my easy bake oven...

'1 tablespoon Knoppix, 3 lbs unprocessed x86 hardware'

Knoppix (5, Interesting)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 11 years ago | (#6068050)

has replaced tomsrtbt as my rescue tool of choice.

It probably would have done so even if any of my latest machines had a floppy drive ..... what these people have managed to pull off is fantastic.
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