"... this problem is hard, and people have been trying to solve it for decades. Rather than continuing to beat our heads against the wall, wouldn't it just be better to tell people to buy a local disk? Diskless systems were shown to be a bad idea back in the 1980's; why repeat the same mistakes 20 years later? "
Belive it could be easly solved when "things" develop to the recognition that the intire Network Subsystem could be offloaded to their own complete systems with a NUP(network CPU) and local memory and IO management, in exactly the same way that happened with graphics/video subsystems.
A NIC(or mobo integrated) *should* be in the same form of a Graphic Adapter... a whole system in itself!
The sorry thing to forsee is that it would require close cooperation with hardware manufactors, the same as the graphic world require,... and there is a area where Linux/FOSS perform very badly.
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