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Re: Essential bloat

> On Thu, Oct 14, 1999 at 06:29:38PM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > You can boot the bootrom from a floppy though! So it is usefull for
> > everyone.

> Did I understand that right: You mean you have an off the shelf network card,
> no bootprom sitting on it, then tell the BIOS to boot from floppy,
> put a floppy in with some magical bytes on it that in turn direct the
> computer to boot over the network?

Yes, exactly right. You can probably do it with lilo as well if you want.
> How do I make such a floppy, i.e. floppy image?

Grab the etherboot package (search on yahoo) and compile it up. Then do
something like

cat floppyloader.bin tulip.bin > /dev/fd0

And you have yourself a floppy. Etherboot will not compile on binutils
2.9.5 though, I have some patches around that might fix it.

You can then install the netboot debian package to make the linux kernel
tftp image, setup dhcp/bootp and tftp and then you are done!


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