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Re: netboot related projects

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: netboot related projects
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 01:10:51 +0200
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On Sunday 30 April 2006 00:03, vincent guffens wrote:
> true, but this is why the idea here is to use the drivers without
> modification or at least with as few modifications as possible.

GRUB Legacy did the same, and failed in keeping the code up-to-date. Because:

- you still have to check all updated files every time.

- you depend on the internal API of Etherboot, so you need to develop glue 
code again and again.

I would say that this is not desirable, unless Etherboot developers make the 
internal API quite stable, and this is unlikely to happen. They have good 
reasons to change it from time to time.

IMHO, the only feasible approach is to depend on only the external API of 
Etherboot. This is the UNDI interface. Fortunately, if we use UNDI, we can 
provide the same feature for PXE ROMs as well, and UNDI is a standard. So I 
prefer to develop a network device based on UNDI rather than copying 
Etherboot drivers.


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