RPL vs PXE (was Re: Installing Linux (without CD/floppies))

Ken Chase math at velocet.ca
Tue Feb 18 14:43:44 EST 2003

On Tue, Feb 18, 2003 at 02:28:47PM -0500, Donald Becker's all...
> On Tue, 18 Feb 2003, Ken Chase wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 18, 2003 at 09:05:48AM -0500, Donald Becker's all...
> > > Almost all current, performance-oriented motherboards have built-in Fast
> > > Ethernet with PXE support in the BIOS Flash.
> ...
> > Many lower end boards include RPL now, which seems to be of the IBM
> > variety (not Novell).
> Hmmm, while we still see RPL around, it's usually an legacy alternative
> to PXE.
> Are you seeing new systems with RPL and not PXE?

Nothing super high end, its all PXE - low end stuff, like the ECS gear -
its using the SiS chipsets which have all historically (from what I 
remember) been RPL only, unfortunately. in our particular situation we
need boards that can handle both types of ram (dont ask, not
my fault, long story :)


> > I've gotten linux to boot off a linux RPLD server -
> > has anyone gotten FreeBSD to do the same (off a linux RPLD server - RPLD
> > wont run on freebsd, and its nontrivial to tweak for freebsd servers).
> -- 
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