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Boots an operating system through a network interface on a x86 system

'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.


version 0.10.2 (stable)
released on 22 April 2007

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Janet Casey

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17 November 2004

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Gero Kuhlmann Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Required to buildGNU make
Weak prerequisitegcc
Weak prerequisitebinutils
Weak prerequisitebison
Weak prerequisiteflex

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 22 February 2018.


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