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Makes boot ROMS

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.


User manual available from; User tutorial available from; Developers manual available in HTML format from


Download version 5.4.4 (stable)
released on 26 September 2008


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License:GPLv2Janet Casey26 April 2001

Leaders and contributors

Georg Baum Contributor
Klaus Espenlaub Contributor
Marty Connor Contributor
Ken Yap Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug TrackingHomepage
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Required to buildbinutils

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 March 2017.


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