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PXE and what's the Intel equivalent of SPARC's "boot.net"?
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: PXE and what's the Intel equivalent of SPARC's "boot.net"?
- From: Chuck Yerkes <chuck_(_at_)_snew_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 11:58:15 -0700
I've done this for over a decade with real Unix
workstations but Intel has remained elusive. Hell,
I've disklessly booted my Powerbook with a variety
of OSs -- they all have a real PROM.
I recently bought a little PXE-able Intel embedded box and
I'd like to boot it disklessly (www.soekris.com).
While I wait for some additional parts (a CF adapter)
to make this easier, the principle of getting this done
has pushed me. It also would make maintanance of many
Intel/AMD boxes far easier - there's no reason to have
floppy, CD or a head on a data center machine, and Sun
is either overpriced or underpowered (pick one).
I've taken pxeboot from FreeBSD and can get the machine to
show life, but it's FreeBSD specific (hard coding addresses
where the loader will be). I'd like to use OpenBSD. Setting
up tftp, nfs, bootp or dhcpd is trivial. Knowing what binaries
to suck over to this little box is not - what is the Intel
equivalent of SPARC's "boot.net"?
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