A B O U T
Welcome to the JACAL Homepage...
The JACAL Project is a suite of programs, scripts, guidelines, protocols,
documentation, diskettes, etc. that assist in quick, network based loads/builds of machines.
The Process: A single build diskette is placed in the target machine and the machine
is rebooted. The diskette contains a small network based Linux installation that prompts for
the machine name. Build options are then selected and the machine is built automatically from
start to finish. Build options include setting up a multiboot system with Windows NT,
Windows 9X, and/or Linux installed and fully configured for that particular machine's hardware
and network configuration.
The original purpose of this project was to facilitate the complete automatic
rebuild of Taylor University's Computer Science
(http://www.css.tayloru.edu/) labs complete with
80+ Win NT applications and a full Linux installation on the same machine in an hour. It
works very well for us. Hopefully it will be as helpful for you.
This project is a branch of the
Don't forget to visit the
JACAL development site hosted
N E W S
Wen May 24, 2000
New Web Site
Our new web page is live. Thanks to Garrett Goebel for the idea and
initial design. A lot of the stuff on this page you can get to from
Development page. More important than the new design however is
that all the JACAL documentation now online.
Mon Jan 31, 2000
Welcome and News
Welcome to our project. We have been using this
system internally at Taylor Univeristy for over a year
now and it has made site administration much easier.
This project is NOT ready for public use. I repeat it is
not yet ready for public use. It is hardcoded to our
internal structure. We are working as we have time to
move to a more universal method. We will be
releasing parts of the project as time goes on. If you
really have a strong interest in this project and can't
wait then e-mail me (jabber) and I will send you what
I can. Hopefully this project will become very useful to
lots of people.
D O C S
- Caveats, introduction, etc.
- A summary recently written about the project (includes some operational details)
- How to install and use JACAL
- Overview of the JACAL components and where to find them
- Description of the bootdisk process
- Step by step overview of the Linux build process under JACAL
- Step by step overview of the NT build process under JACAL
- Process diagram of the JACAL build process
- Detailed description of how we create and use application images in the JACAL system. Includes acommand by command example.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Things that need to be done
- Version history