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Title:A methodology to configure a minimal, application-specific operating system for distribution and operation
Author(s):Yordy, Zachary
Advisor(s):Nicol, David M.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Network Access Policy Tool (NetAPT)
Operating System
Application-Specific Operating System (ASOS)
Abstract:NetAPT is a tool that helps enterprise and utility customers validate their network security policy. While the tool gives helpful results, it relies on lots of external programs to help it perform its powerful analysis. These dependencies often take hours or days to correctly install and configure. Users need a solution that helps them run the tool quickly, a distribution in which this deep configuration has already been performed. This thesis details how to create a minimal, application-specific ISO of a Linux operating system that can be booted live, installed to a computer, or virtualized across many different platforms. The author first looked at Linux From Scratch as a way to create a completely minimal and bloat-free system. Once the system had been compiled, it failed to run properly and was not small enough. The author next looked at customizing the Ubuntu installer, which well supported the application and its dependencies. The final distribution produced a small, branded ISO that could be run as a LiveCD or installed as a traditional operating system. This makes it easy for users to download a copy of the tool and use it right away without the need for any configuration.
Issue Date:2013-08-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Zachary James Yordy
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-22
Date Deposited:2013-08

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