Ubuntu Netboot

13.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A network boot version of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu

editor's review




Welcome to the Saucy Salamander edition of Ubuntu Netboot, an open source, free and special project for special users who are looking for a hassle free solution for deploying the latest version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system over the network, using a wide range of network protocols.


Ubuntu Netboot 13.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 17, 2013 and will be supported with security patches and software updates until July 2014. It has been designed to be deployed a wide range of hardware platforms that are not supported by the official ISO images.

Supported architectures

As mentioned, Ubuntu Netboot supports a wide range of architectures, among which we can mention 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), PPC (PowerPC) 32-bit, PPC (PowerPC) 64-bit, PPC (PowerPC) e500, PPC (PowerPC) e500mc, ARMhf Calxeda Highbank, ARMhf TI OMAP3 and ARMhf TI OMAP4.

Supported network protocols

The sole purpose of this project is to allow system administrators and advanced users with special requirements to boot the Ubuntu Linux operating system from LAN, mount the local file system with NFS, as well as to boot the installation system over the network.

Ubuntu can be booted and installed over the network using the PPPoE (Point-to-point protocol over Ethernet) and PLIP (Parallel Line IP) network protocols. Details installation instructions are available at https://help.ubuntu.com/13.10/installation-guide/.

Bottom line

Summing up, Ubuntu Netboot 13.10 is the most powerful, free and easy-to-use solution for deploying the Ubuntu Linux operating system across multiple computers in a network, as well as on embedded devices using state-of-the-art network protocols.

Keep in mind though, that this version will only boot and install the Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) distribution. At the moment, Canonical officially maintains the Ubuntu Netboot project for the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Desktop and Server, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OSes.

Ubuntu Netboot was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 27th, 2014
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