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Re: [K12OSN] Etherboot NIC Detection thoughts



On Tue, 2003-10-28 at 08:17, Petre Scheie wrote:
> I understand what you want, but if you think about it, it can't work 
> that way.  The purpose of the boot ROM/floppy/PXE is to provide a bit of 
> software to use the client's ethernet card to 1) request and get an IP 
> address, and 2) request and get an Operating System.  The point is the 
> whole process is driven from the client end, starting with turning on 
> the power to the client.  It can't be driven by the server.  How would 
> the server know to send anything to the client if the client didn't 
> first request it?  And to send the request, the client must have some 
> mechanism for talking to the ethernet card in a barebones way.  HTH.

Perhaps someone could build a knoppix/morphix CD that contained a
script that would identify the hardware and write the correct
floppy to perform subsequent network boots on that type of client.

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  Les Mikesell
   les futuresource com





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