The Definitive Software Library

Heinrich W. Klöpping

Copyright © 2001, 2002 Henk Klöpping. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled Appendix A.


Audience:  this book is intended to guide you through the setup of the Definitive Software Library. You will need to have at least 3 years of practical experience with Unix, preferably Linux.

Approach:  We wanted to create a set of documents that could help us and others to install an Intel PC to be used as both Kickstart and PXE boot server.

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Sources:  Our sources of information were (Open Source) material on the Internet, several books, practical experience of the authors and others and research done by the authors. We try to give credit where due, but are fallible. We apologize.


While every precaution was made in the preparation of this book, we can assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. When you feel we have not given you proper credit or feel we may have violated your rights or when you have suggestions how we may improve our work please notify us immediately so we can take corrective actions.

Organization of this book:  This book was written using the DocBook V4.2/XML documentation standard.

Table of Contents

1. The DSL
Problem definition
The need for a software library
Software development
Suggested workflow for software development
A. GNU Free Documentation License