[syslinux] pxelinux fron Floppy disk?

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Apr 3 15:59:49 PST 2002

Sven Geggus wrote:
> Hi there,
> we are using a couple of Diskless Linux Workstations in conjunction with PXE
> capabable Network cards to boot the system. This works fine using pxelinux.
> However, there are a few workstations left, which are not able to boot via
> PXE and thus this workstations need a Kernel on a floppy disk and an
> additional initrd image.
> The Problem with is, that both of them don't fit on a floppy disk.
> We used to use netboot for this purpose, but there seems to be no way to
> set up netboot in a way that one can use a somewhat big initrd file.

PXELINUX requires PXE.  It can't function without it.  I would really
love to see an open source *PXE* stack that could be burned into ROM or
booted from a floppy, and although there has been some work on it
(http://www.nilo.org/) I don't think it's practically usable.


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