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Makes boot ROMS

Etherboot is a free software package for making boot ROMS for booting GNU/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.



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Craig Topham

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1 October 2008

Notes is the last collection of code files I could find with a license still intact. The repo git:// seems to be misconfigured (with a default config) and was deemed not secure for pulling from.

Leaders and contributors

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

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Required to buildbinutils


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