[K12OSN] pxe boot menu feature request

Informatik (Christian Ostheimer) informatik at steinerschule-basel.ch
Sun May 31 12:13:12 UTC 2009

Robert Arkiletian wrote:
> I am wondering  how many would like to see K12Linux have the ability  
> to
> pxe boot to a  boot menu that gives users a choice of booting from
> network (LTSP) or boot from local hard drive (Linux or Windows)?
Very useful in case you have a mixed lab. In my case 30 ltsp clients  
and 2 of them have windows as a second boot option. (dhcpd config  
contains mac addresses of clients; I use pxe-grub; pxelinux (based on  
syslinux) with textmenu extension should work as well. - In my setup  
pxe-grub works fine but needs to be compiled with a nic specific  
driver; so pxelinux with option keeppxe seems to be the better choice)

Compared with bios based boot menu ("F12") you have with a pxe loaded  
boot menu the advantage that you can freely (and on the server)  
configure the bootmenu text and that you have full control which boot  
devices are allowed.

However this should be strictly optional because it adds another layer  
of possible complications (e.g. http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/PXELINUX#What_Problems_Are_There_Currently_With_PXELINUX.3F 

Christian Ostheimer
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> Robert Arkiletian
> Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
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