I am involved in a project to install debian a variety of different
computers based on the x86 platform. We're booting from a floppy and
installing over NFS. One of the problems is initial hardware setup.
While we could open up every machine and check out all the hardware,
because of the volume it would be much better if we had some kind of
hardware detection utility (including: graphics card, etc). A second
reason for this is so that people completely new to linux and debian
could just boot from the floppy and have all the detection done for them.
Ideally our floppy:
* detects network card, hard drive, video card
* mounts the NFS server (which we've done)
* installs our specific set of .deb packages. (working on)
Does something like this exist already? I know the debian 1.44 images
detect a lot of hardware, I was wondering if there was something all on
one, or something that would look to our NFS server for hardware beyong
the network card.