FlyingLinux started in October 1999 in the Telecommunication Systems Lab at Teleinformatics KTH (The Creature) with the objetive of studying the possibilty of using MobileIPv4 and standard DHCP wireless access for student labs. The result of that work was the FlyingLinux environment available for one hundred students and teachers during 12 weeks.
The first Flying Linux infrastructure used Bambi as the core linux distribution. Bambi-6.1 included native support for WaveLAN/IEEE 802.11 PCMCIA cards, AFS and kerberos IV.
As one of the results of the project course The FlyingLinux.NET developing team kept working in a new Linux Distribution now called FlyingLinux.NET – The Wireless Distribution – oriented to security in wireless environments and mobility.
FlyingLinux is the first linux distribution oriented to mobility services. We have taken care of the security issues including Kerberos support and OpenSSH. FlyingLinux is part of the Open Source movement. We have included software that have been developed at KTH under the GPL licence.
->> FlyingLinux includes
- Kerberos IV
- Heimdal (kerberos V)
- Arla (an-AFS clone)
- MobileIP for IPv4
- WaveLAN/IEEE 802.11 GPL driver
- Wireless Extensions
- AODV ad-hoc networking
->> Where is FlyingLinux?
FlyingLinux environment has been developed thanks to the support of the new IT University – KTH.
->> FlyingLinux environment runs thanks to:
- charon: a one gigabit router that provides AAA services,
- pluto: the DHCP and radius server that provides MAC filterning in the Access Points,
- ekoxe: the LPRng printer server,
- ithaca: the MobileIP home agent. Uses Dynamics HA 0.7 CVS
- polka: the Samba server, that allows windows users to access the AFS server.
- orwell: the monitoring system.
->> Future Work
Currently, we are working in including MobileIPv6, Kerberos V, in the integration with Windows and extend the network to wireless systems.