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[20080120] g4u 2.4alpha2 ready for testing
I was asked to update g4u to a more recent version of NetBSD-current and here is g4u 2.4alpha2!

What is g4u? ``g4u ("ghosting for unix") is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions. The first is to upload the compressed image of a local harddisk to a FTP server, the other is to restore that image via FTP, uncompress it and write it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP. As the harddisk is processed as an image, any filesystem and operating system can be deployed using g4u. Easy cloning of local disks as well as partitions is also supported.''

Get it now:

Changes in alpha2:
  • ACPI Support enabled
  • Support Bluetooth keyboard and USB hubs
  • Drivers for AMD CS5535/CS5536 and Intel PIIX4 PCI bridges
  • Driver for the Areca SATA PCI RAID controllers
  • Driver for Workbit NinjaATA-32 CardBus IDE controllers
  • Driver for Realtek 8139C+/8169/8169S/8110S cardbus wlan cards
  • Driver for Geode CSC and ScanLogic SL811HS USB controllers
  • ... and any driver updates, bug fixes and other enhancements from NetBSD-current
I'd like to hear any reports if this version works better or worse than any previous alpha version or release, esp. under the light that this version is (another...) attempt to switch to ACPI, which is on by default in NetBSD now. Let me hear if it works, or if it hangs for you!

BTW, as a funny side note, this version was not built on NetBSD but on Mac OS X - the procedure should be the same on both systems (and maybe other Unix systems, like e.g. Linux): Get NetBSD-current sources as of today (20080120), run "cd .../src ; sh g4u-build" and report what happens.

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