Re: Univeral Protocol Driver (using UNDI) in Linux

From: Jan Engelhardt
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 14:02:20 EST

> Agreed. But still having a single driver for all the NICs would be
> simply GREAT for my setup, in which all the PCs will be booted using
> PXE only. So apart from performance / relilability issues, what are
> the technical roadblocks in this?

Netboot, in the current world, could be done like this:

1. Grab the PXE ROM code chip manufacturers offer in case your network card
does not support booting via PXE yet and write it to an EPROM which most
PCI network cards have a socket for

2. Use PXELINUX, boot that with the help of the PXE ROM code

3. Put all drivers needed into the kernel or initrd; or send out different
initrds depending on the DHCP info the PXE client sent.

Jan Engelhardt
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