Subject: NetBSD netbooting (was "Re: UV3100 SCSI")
To: None <port-vax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Chris Craft <>
List: port-vax
Date: 06/16/1998 07:46:15
At 23:11 6/15/98 -0400, entropy wrote:
>>Date: Mon, 15 Jun 98 22:36:37 -0400
>>From: (Michael Sokolov)
>>Sender: port-vax-owner@NetBSD.ORG
>>[...] It seems to
>>me that the people who have designed NetBSD's netbooting mechanism have
>>assumed that everyone is working on a "fake" network with 10.x.x.x-style
>>IPs, no connection to the Internet, and no one besides themselves working
>>on it. [...]
>In what way did you find NetBSD's netbooting mechanism deficient?
>I've netbooted NetBSD/vax, NetBSD/pmax, and NetBSD/i386.  All systems
>were netbooted while connected to "real" networks (both the Internet
>and a corporate LAN, on different occasions).  I never found any need
>at all to use a "fake" network to boot any of my systems.

I also had little trouble netbooting 1.3 on a real campus network with a live
internet connection and lots of little lab rats hammering yahoo chat.  The
difficulties I found were with Linux' apparent FUBAR-edness with net3.