[mythtv-users] PXE booting (was Spin up delay for HDDs)

Brian Long briandlong at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 10:56:18 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM, Warpme <warpme at o2.pl> wrote:

> Direct reason for so huge image file that I have is RAM based root
> file system containing frontend+all needed environment (Qt, perl, py,
> etc) + mplayer.
> I chose this approach intentionally as for me important was:
> 1.minimalistic relation between master server and FE (ideally only myth
> protocol)
> 2.simplest maintenance (ideally if fe upgrade by simple upgrade of one
> file)
> 3.easy decoupling between boot infrastructure (home DHCP/tftp)&
> software repo (http based so I can have it on any location - if speed is
> reasonable).

I tried PXE (both Minimyth and Fedora on the frontends), but I was never
happy with some of the NFS issues you mention.  It seemed to add lag to an
already slower system (Nvidia ION).  I then used an 8GB USB stick for a
while and while it removed the NFS issues, the USB stick was not very fast.

I recently found some Crucial m4 SSD's on sale for around $85 and bought two
of them for my frontends.  I've never seen the ION be so responsive moving
through the menus, etc.  What I thought was IR lag in the past was proven
incorrect.  The ION was slow because of the crappy OS media (PXE+NFS or
USB).  So far I've been happy with the local SSD in each frontend.

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