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Loading Linux from a network?

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I want to set up a machine which would run without a hard drive, preferably on linux. Would this be possible? Would it be possible to load linux from a server on a LAN? For example, could we have a floppy boot disk which would initialize the download of Linux and then launch the appropriate components at boot time? Or any other ideas? Thanks

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You should be able to boot Linux using PXE on most modern BIOS / ethernet boards, search for PXE documentation, specifically pxelinux (a loader).

You will likely need tftp and nfs for later stages of getting the system running however.

Mark

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Gentoo provides a step-by-step guide on how to do that (and the communtiy will help you alot), seems pretty easy if you ask me :) Check it out at

http://www.gentoo.org

Wesley

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