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can i use an Ubuntu 11.10 for netboot over PXE? im aware of the LTSP and other similar proyects, but i dont find information using ubuntu 11.10 (the latest)

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I don't have a definitive answer, but I can say that my school uses Ubuntu (I think 10.04 LTS) for netboot to thin clients.

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The OP wants to know if 11.10 offers similar functionality, however. –  WarriorIng64 Feb 22 '12 at 17:40
    
That would be why I said I didn't have a definitive answer. Ubuntu doesn't tend to remove functionality, so it strongly suggests that 11.10 has it. –  Kenny Mar 4 '12 at 3:40
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yes, i am using ubuntu 11.10 on acer aspire one d257 and its working great

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You seem to have mistaken two terms :) Netbook is not the same as netboot. In a nutshell, netboot is a way of starting your system, that magically enables you to boot-up a computer through the internet (You can find more informations about it in other answers here). –  Rafał Cieślak Apr 22 '12 at 12:14
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The short answer is basically yes (of course) :)

Without more information it's hard to give a better answer (do you want Ubuntu to be the PXE server? the clients? Ubuntu can trivially do both), but you probably want to start with something like this:

https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/installation-guide/i386/install-tftp.html

I don't think it's really worth copying an entire "how to set up a TFTP server" here, the Internet is teeming with examples already.

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Your question is quite evasive .... I hope I'll answer you correctly.

You can do netboot with PXE in almost any version of Linux (if not all of them). This method is quite old and is assured with the TFTP server.

The TFTP server (with help of the dhcp server) is what is sending the PXE stack to your machines. However this is only the first step for any netboot method.

TFTP is compatible with any machines but his side effect is to be quite limited. In all modern method it is used to send only the requirements for booting with another protocol (ISCSI, NFS, ...).

To be specific to ubuntu 11.10 you'll find some help to build a TFTP server here : https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/installation-guide/i386/install-tftp.html

Here you'll find a generic PXE stack : http://etherboot.org/wiki/start

However you'll just have the booting step ..... witch is incomplete : booting what ? A Live CD, A linux, ...

If it's help with LTSP you need (witch is more complete, it covers the pxe part and after). This page will have almost all his help for 11.10 : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuLTSP

Best regards,

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