Today we are announcing the stateless
Linux project, the goal: a uniform framework to cover all common
ways of instantiating a centralized OS install read-only on multiple
physical or virtual computers. The details of instantiating the OS on
an individual computer may vary, from diskless to read-only local
cache to live CD. Because there’s no per-computer OS state we call it
“stateless Linux.” The stateless Linux project covers modifying the OS
itself to support the assumption that the running OS doesn’t
exclusively own the root filesystem (e.g. dynamic hardware detection
rather than machine-specific config files).
It also covers the various instantiation technologies such as
diskless, locally-cached, and live CD.
(This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-09.html#13)