is a shell script that takes a SuSE, TurboLinux or a RedHat CDROM, or
equivalent disk directory, and creates a network bootable image (NBI)
that can be used with Etherboot (http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/)
or Netboot (http://www.han.de/~gero/netboot.html).
This NBI, when booted via the network, will make the target computer
behave just as if a CDROM boot (TurboLinux), or a floppy boot (RedHat
and SuSE) had been selected. A conventional install can be done from
this point onwards.
There are several occasions when this technique is useful: 1. It
can be used to quickly boot a target computer when the floppy
loading is very slow. 2. In the case of TurboLinux, it loads
the CDROM initial ramdisk which does not require any further
floppy loading. In the case of RedHat, it only loads the floppy
initial ramdisk which does not contain the material in the
supplementary floppy, and may require more floppy insertion.
3. It can start the install from a floppy of any size, not just
1.4 MB, or even from a floppyless machine, if one has a boot
ROM (providing no further floppy access is required).
4. It could be used as part of an automatic installation process.
Naturally, all this assumes that the infrastructure for diskless
booting (bootp and tftp servers) has been set up.
If supplementary floppies are required, this script doesn't include
that material in the network boot image. Please feel welcome to fix