Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 04:41 pm
Web site: drbl.org
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Debian
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2.6.2-1 (testing) | December 8, 2019
Zobacz po polsku: DRBL Live
DRBL Live (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux) – a free, open source software to managing the deployment of the GNU/Linux operating system across many clients. Imagine the time required to install GNU/Linux on 40, 30, or even 10 client machines individually. DRBL allows for the configuration all of your client computers by installing just one server (remember, not just any virtual private server) machine.
DRBL provides a diskless or systemless environment for client machines. It works on Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS and SuSE. DRBL uses distributed hardware resources and makes it possible for clients to fully access local hardware. It also includes Clonezilla, a partitioning and disk cloning utility similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®.
DRBL uses PXE/etherboot, NFS, and NIS to provide services to client machines so that it is not necessary to install GNU/Linux on the client hard drives individually. Once the server is ready to be a DRBL server, the client machines can boot via PXE/etherboot (diskless). “DRBL” does NOT touch the client hard drives, therefore, other operating systems (e.g. MS Windows) installed on the client machines will be unaffected. This could be useful in, for example, during a phased deployment of GNU/Linux where users still want to have the option of booting to Windows and running some applications only available on MS windows. DRBL allows great flexibility in the deployment of GNU/Linux.
The live system is built on the top of Debian GNU/Linux with Xfce desktop environment as default.