On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Stephen Powell <email@example.com>
On 2009-12-31 at 12:37:33 -0500, Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
> Not all BIOSes have built-in network boot support, though. For those who
> don't, but can boot a CD-ROM, you can boot this CD and it will then
> continue to a network boot as would have been done in a computer whose
> BIOS can do that automatically.
Oh, now I get it. But that raises another question: why then is there a need
for two network-based installation methods: netinst and netboot? Why not
just use netboot for all network-based installs and save some duplication
of effort? Then again, there are two flavors of netinst: regular and
"business card". (Or is "business card" considered a separate installation
method?) Why so many flavors? Why not use the netboot CD for everything?
There are things called "business card cd's" which, unsurprisingly, are about the size of a business card. You can carry one of these in your wallet and give them out at conventions, or just have them handy if you want to surprise your friends who invite you over for dinner then make the mistake of letting you check your email on their computer without having disabled boot from cd in the bios.
In any event, someone out there oviously feels it is worth the effort and since having more options available doesn't really harm anyone, why not just let them be?
- Re: install
- From: Eduardo M KALINOWSKI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Re: install
- From: Stephen Powell <email@example.com>