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
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!