Going Diskless with Linux
Suppose you want a super safe web browsing environment. Suppose you want a Linux “on demand” – that is, you want to boot Linux without using a CD or having Linux installed on your PC’s hard drive. Is that possible? Maybe you have a PC lying around with no hard drive and no CD-ROM drive. Can you really run Linux on a PC with no drive of any kind? Sure you can. (see my http://www.instructables.com/id/PC-personal-computer-into-a-sort-of-thin-client/)
It’s an idea as old as the hills – at least for hills that have been around since the 1970′s. The concept is that of a Diskless Workstation. That is, a workstation running an operating system with no drives of any kind. This idea was very popular in University and research environments as much as 40 years ago.
Yes, you can do it with KNOPPIX
If you are interested in seeing for yourself how this works “hands on” – then read our previous posting first - Learning about Linux – the KNOPPIX Live-CD. That posting will get you started with the KNOPPIX Live-CD. If you can boot a couple of computers with that Linux CD you are on your way.Note: Special thanx to http://frrl.wordpress.com for help with this. Actually I have done this many times before I ever knew about the article.