Welcome to the Precise Pangoling edition of Ubuntu Netboot, a free and open source product that has been designed from the ground up to help system administrators and advanced users with special needs to deploy the Ubuntu Linux operating system over the network.
Even greater availability
As usual, the user can find all the necessary file for booting Ubuntu over the network on the dedicated download section (see above). Detailed usage instructions are provided by Canonical at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/NetbootInstallFromInternet.
However, the good news is that it's now possible to boot the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS distribution with HWE backport kernels. For example, you can use Linux kernel 3.5 from Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Linux kernel 3.8 from Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) and Linux kernel 3.11 from Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander). Keep in mind though that only 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) architectures are supported.
In the review for Ubuntu Netboot 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) we have hoped that Canonical will add support for more hardware platforms. Therefore, this release supports 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386) non-PAE, 32-bit (i386) generic, Armel OMAP, Armel OMAP4, ARMhf OMAP, ARMhf OMAP4, ARMhf Highbank, ARMhf ArmadaXP, PPC (PowerPC) 32-bit, and PPC (PowerPC) 64-bit.
Boot or install Ubuntu Linux over the network
The Ubuntu Netboot project has always provided users with the perfect solution for booting the Ubuntu operating system from a LAN, mount the local file systems with NFS, or boot the installation system over the network. It supports PPPoE connections via either HTTP or FTP protocols.
Overall, we have to admit that we're very pleased with the architecture support brought by the Ubuntu Netboot 12.04 LTS edition. It is the perfect product for deploying the Ubuntu Linux operating system over the network.
This version will work only with the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, which will be supported by Canonical with security patches and software updates until April 2017, on both Server and Desktop editions.