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Boot from internet
BIOS option to load system software from the network with a default operating system online
Computers with a network connection, including a
one, should be able to signal to the internet that they
to boot and be provided with an immediately
live operating system with internet or network access
given the right option, and the internet should
have code on it which does this. How to get round
different instruction sets and hardware i have no idea,
i'm sure this has horrible security implications and a
to reinvent the networking wheel.
This would mean that anyone with an internet connection
effectively has a free-ish operating system and can use
their device even if its storage is knackered.
I envisage something very basic, text-based or maybe
even that, which needs minimal resources. Storage of
data could be online. Perhaps there could be a Java-like
virtual machine which could enable this.
||You've just pretty much describe Google Chromium.
||Ultra-thin-client systems are Baked.
||Suggested for deletion, Widely Known To Exist.
||Booting from at least a network drive is an option on
my ca 2003 PC.
||Network yes, but that's not what i'm suggesting here. I'm suggesting that there is a separate protocol which devices can use which enable them to load a rudimentary operating system from the internet, which they can do as if they're booting from a network drive, and that this is simple. Not just network booting. It's not something you have to opt into, it's always there as an option.
||Frankly, I'm sick and tired from being booted from the
Internet. I thought we had it licked when we got rid of
dial-up, but now us hicks have to deal with sattelite-
internet, which boots us off whenever it's going to rain
Wednesday. Now you're proposing an option to voluntarily
boot myself? As much as I like to be in control of things, I
think I'll pass, thanks.
||Maybe, yes. I was also thinking a Morse key might be
useful. Sort of lost control of the creative process
||Ah well there you go: a Morse key and a transcription of the OS into Morse code.
||But how is the morse boot to be on demand? Eager ham operators waiting patiently for the telltale machine enquiry?
||It would be on a piece of paper tape which is
springloaded. When you plug the thing into the
internet, a signal is sent down the line to an
electromagnet which releases a clamp holding it
down and the tape speeds under a metal brush
completing and interrupting a circuit connected to a