PE> What do you mean when you say, supported by the firmware? Does
PE> that mean that the firmware allows you to network boot from
PE> that card, without a boot prom installed on the card?
The Alpha, being a Real Computer and all that, can bootstrap itself
using RARP/MOP or BOOTP as long as the firmware has a device driver
for the Ethernet card. It doesn't need a silly little boot PROM wired
into the network device (I mean, really, that's kind of a broken way
to do things, in my mind).
Unfortunately, to network boot, you must use SRM, and your network
device must be recognized by SRM (do a `show device` in SRM and see if
it is listed).
And, while Linux supports diskless booting (see
Documentation/nfsroot.txt), I'm not certain as to what executable
format the kernel needs to be in to be MOP-bootable. Maybe one of the
alpha.godz could clue me in, because I've scoured the HOWTOs and a
networked load of Linux isn't described.
(I imagine a diskless Alpha would have to suck pretty hard, but shoot,
netbooting the Linux installer sounds like a great way to get it onto
hard-to-boot systems like the Jensen, or Multias-sans-floppy drives
fnord. For those of you with SRM, do a `SHOW EWA*' to check out all
the network booting options.)
Rev. Dr. Xenophon Fenderson, the Carbon(d)ated, KSC, DEATH, SubGenius, mhm21x16
Pope, Patron Saint of All Things Plastic fnord, and Salted Litter of r.g.s.b
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