[Server-devel] Nepal XS deployment
tony_anderson at usa.net
Sat Oct 4 00:20:17 EDT 2008
I am currently working to build a local version of XS 0.4. The goal is
to be able to install XS from a USB drive requiring the installer only
to provide the name of the school and the ip address of the server.
Yesterday I was able to install XS 0.4 from a USB drive with help from
Most USB drives are not bootable. This requires:
toggle 1 boot
after which livecd-iso-to-disk should accept it.
The rabbit-hole is to attempt the obvious:
toggle 1 boot
which does not work.
The three remaining (big) steps are:
1. Add Dansguardian
2. Add Moodle
3. Develop custom install script which accepts the school name and the
server ip address and completes the configuration of the server
Naturally, I would like to work in collaboration with the XS development
team so as not to duplicate too much of this effort. For example, it
would be easy to add the Dansguardian and Moodle files to the USB drive.
If the XS release install script executed a file (script) with a
well-known name on the USB drive, it would be possible for local
deployments to use this file for a configuration script. This would also
make it easy for us to develop our script and then make it available to
you to see what should be included in the standard release and what
should be left local.
Another area that deserves some attention is how to test a server
installation in the field. For example, use two XOs to verify ejabberd
functionality. Use browse to verify that the schoolserver link delivers
the Moodle (site) home page. Use browse to verify internet connectivity.
Try to access a 'forbidden' site to verify Dansguardian is working. In
short, a checklist of simple tests to verify server functions.
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