g4u 2.6beta2 has been released - Happy 18th Birthday, g4u!
Just right in time for its 18th birthday, I have released
the 2nd beta version for g4u 2.6 (2.6beta2).
It took some time to get to this point, and I want to move
to 2.6 soon - please take your time to test and get back to me
soon, as I want to push out g4u version 2.6 in june 2017.
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.
For more information, see
Changes in 2.6beta2 include:
- Make this build with NetBSD-current sources as of 2017-04-17,
binaries were cross-compiled from Mac OS X 10.10
- Go back to keeping the disk image inside the kernel as ramdisk,
do not load it as separate module. Less error prone, and allows
to boot the g4u (NetBSD) kernel from a single file e.g. via PXE
(Testing and documentation updates welcome!)
- Actually DO provide the g4u (NetBSD) kernel with the embedded g4u disk
image from now on, as separate file, g4u-kernel.gz
- Put all object files into one object directory. This may need more cleanup
in the future. Feedback from people building g4u welcome!
- Disable verbose device messages on Microchannel (MCA) machines
- New drivers:
- Toshiba Dynabook hotkeys
- Intel S1200,C2000 (non-pch) SMBus storage controller
- Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage controllers and devices
- Intel Wireless WiFi Link 7xxx PCI network
- Intel 8259x 10 gigabit PCI network
- Realtek 8188CE/8192CE 802.11b/g/n PCI network
- VMware VMXNET3
- Marvell Libertas PCMCIA network
- ASIX AX88178a/AX88179 based USB network adapters
- Realtek RTS5209/RTS5229 Card Reader
- Happy 18th Birthday, g4u!
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