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'netboot' boots an operating system through a network interface on an x86 system using common protocols like DHCP and TFTP. It has all the tools necessary to generate bootrom images and boot image files. It can boot DOS (in most variants: MS-DOS, DR-DOS, PTS-DOS, FreeDOS etc.), GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD. It also contains a boot menu compiler. The bootrom code uses the network drivers shipped with each network card, so they can be used with almost any such card available for x86.


Download version 0.9.8 (stable)
released on 30 March 2003

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey17 November 2004

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Gero Kuhlmann Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

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Weak prerequisite gcc
Weak prerequisite binutils
Weak prerequisite bison
Weak prerequisite flex
Required to build GNU make

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 January 2008.


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