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[20090831] g4u 2.4alpha4 is available for testing
Again much more time has passed than I expected, but over the past few days I've made sure that g4u compiles against the latest NetBSD-current sources, and so I'm making g4u 2.4alpha4 available for resting.

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:

What's new in g4u 2.4alpha4:
  • Make this build with NetBSD-current as of 2009-08-30
  • Trim kernel some more (NFS server, quotas)
  • Put only on the CD what's really needed (31MB->5MB)
  • Drivers for:
    • Marvell Hercules-I/II SATA controller
    • SiI SteelVine SATA controllers
    • Attansic/Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet cards
    • Attansic/Atheros L1E Ethernet cards & PHY
    • SD/MMC cards as media - feedback highly appreciated!
Again, 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. Also, I'd appreciate any reports if using SD/MMC cards on internal card readers work as media - I do not have any hardware to test this. Let me hear if it works for you! If things go well, I want to put this out as 2.5 before it gets old again. ;-)

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