On 1/12/2001 9:14 AM Steve_Marfisi@3com.com Steve_Marfisi@3com.com wrote: >>Klaus Espenlaub wrote: >>If you have a PCMCIA/PCCARD ethernet adapter, you need assistance from user >>level programs in Linux, so getting those cards detected at boot time is >>pretty much impossible. >Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to enable or allow the CardBus >NICs >to support network boot on existing platforms - it is vendor dependent. For >this to happen, support must be implemented by the laptop vendor. Custom >extensions to the (usually) Phoenix BIOS must be written on an individual >basis >From a strict standpoint I guess you're right, but from a practical standpoint, if I can use a floppy or CD to get my laptop to a point where it will run disklessly, that might be sufficient. Agreed that it lacks the pleasant state-lessness of network loading of the kernel, but if essentially the kernel is being used to get the hardware to a state where it can do NFS, perhaps that's good enough for some situations. The elegance of statelessness is lost, but that may be a compromise that has to be made; Since presumably a laptop has a hard drive, constraints are somewhat different in any case, and a carefully constructed lilo entry might yield machine that runs almost totally from network resources. Some musings from an avid laptop user. Regards, Marty --- Try: http://rom-o-matic.net/ to make Etherboot images instantly. Name: Martin D. Connor US Mail: Entity Cyber, Inc.; P.O. Box 391827; Cambridge, MA 02139; USA Voice: (617) 491-6935, Fax: (617) 491-7046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.thinguin.org/ =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Marty Connor <email@example.com> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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