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Date:	Tue, 25 Sep 2007 00:20:10 -0400
From:	Kyle Moffett <mrmacman_g4@....com>
To:	Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@...lub.uwaterloo.ca>
Cc:	Denys Vlasenko <vda.linux@...glemail.com>,
	Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, jeff@...zik.org,
	mchan@...adcom.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] bnx2: factor out gzip unpacker

On Sep 24, 2007, at 13:32:23, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 11:37:52PM +0100, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
>> But I compile net/* into bzImage. I like netbooting :)
>
> Isn't it possible to netboot with an initramfs image?  I am pretty  
> sure I have seen some systems do exactly that.

Yeah, I've got Debian boxes that have never *not* netbooted (one Dell  
Op^?^?Craptiplex box whose BIOS and ACPI sucks so bad it can't even  
load GRUB/LILO, although Windows somehow works fine).  So they boot  
PXELinux using the PXE boot ROM on the NICs and it loads both a  
kernel and an initramfs into memory.  Kernel is stock Debian and  
hardly has enough built-in to spit at you, let alone find network/ 
disks, but it manages to load everything it needs off the  
automagically-generated initramfs.

Cheers,
Kyle Moffett

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