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etherboot

http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/
Etherboot is a free software package for making boot ROMS for booting Linux and other operating systems on x86 PCs over a network using Internet Protocols, i.e. bootp/DHCP and tftp. Etherboot is normally used for for booting PCs diskless, which is particularly usefule with clusters, routers, remote servers, and machines working in environments that are unfriendly to disks. Etherboot usually boots computers faster than from a disk because there are no delays in spinning up disks, etc. It can work with RAM disks, NFS filesystems, or even local disks. Compared to booting from solid-state devices, it has the advantage of centralising maintainance. The tradeoff is dependence on a server, but this can be partly alleviated by having redundant servers. See the home page for a complete list of hardware and configuration needed to run Etherboot.

Documentation

User manual available from http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/doc/html/userman/t1.html; User tutorial available from http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/doc/html/diskless/t1.html; Developers manual available in HTML format from http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/doc/html/devman/t1.html

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released on 17 November 2004

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Licensing

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GPLv2Janet Casey26 April 2001



Leaders and contributors

Contact(s)Role
"Email gbaum@users.sourceforge.net" Georg Baum Contributor
"Email espenlaub@users.sourceforge.net" Klaus Espenlaub Contributor
"Email marty_connor@users.sourceforge.net" Marty Connor Contributor
"Email ken_yap@users.sourceforge.net" Ken Yap Maintainer


Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer E-mail mailto:etherboot-developers@users.sourceforge.net
Support E-mail mailto:etherboot-users@users.sourceforge.net
Bug Tracking Homepage http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=4233
Developer VCS Repository Webview http://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=4233


Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build binutils

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 November 2004.



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