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A network card

gPXE is an open source (GPL) network bootloader. It provides a direct replacement for proprietary PXE ROMs, with many extra features such as DNS, HTTP, iSCSI, etc. Take a look at our Screenshots page and the HowTo Guides for some ideas of what we can do, and grab the code from our Download page.

gPXE evolved from Etherboot, and is maintained by the Etherboot project.

Here you will find various information about the Etherboot Project, and a repository of useful contributions from people who use Etherboot and gPXE. We hope you find this information useful.

We are always looking for new people to help us improve our projects. We need people who can program, write/edit documentation, update websites, and provide help on our Etherboot-Discuss and Etherboot-Developers mailing lists and our IRC channel, #etherboot on

Please join us, and become part of a great Open Source project!

The Etherboot Project Community

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Google Summer of Code 2011

The Etherboot Project is taking part in Google Summer of Code 2011.

We encourage students to consider or propose GSoC project ideas and get in touch with us:

Please use the contact information on our ideas page to reach us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Etherboot Project GSoC Mentors Updated: 2011/03/25

News and Announcements

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gPXE-1.0.1 released

The Etherboot project is please to announce the release of gPXE-1.0.1

Changes since gPXE-1.0.0 include:

  • New drivers: Intel e1000, e1000e, igb, EFI snpnet, JMicron jme, Neterion X3100, vxge, pcnet32.
  • Bug fixes and improvements to drivers, wireless, DHCP, iSCSI, COMBOOT, and EFI.

A changelog since 1.0.0 is available here.

Marty Connor 2010/06/29

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Google Summer of Code 2010

The Etherboot project is taking part in Google Summer of Code 2010. We encourage students to consider project ideas and get in touch with us at to introduce yourself:

Stefan Hajnoczi Updated: 2010/03/18

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gPXE-1.0.0 released

The Etherboot project has released gPXE-1.0.0 after over five years of development. This major milestone release is now available:

Changes from 0.9.9 include:

New commands: iwstat and iwlist for wireless management.  New drivers: skge
and myri10ge.  WEP, WPA, and WPA2 wireless encryption support.    New settings
variables: "netX" for last opened netdev and "netX/busid" for network device
bus ID.  New special image types: .hrom and .xrom to work around BIOS

Marty Connor 2010/02/10

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LinuxCon 2009, Portland Oregon

We presented a talk on Monday, September 21, 2009 at the first annual LinuxCon in Portland, Oregon.

Our talk included an example of various network booting methods, with live demonstration. Over 30 people attended our session and we very well received.

Marty Connor 2009/09/22

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Google Summer of Code 2009

Etherboot Project participated as a mentoring organization in Google's 2009 Summer of Code Project.

We had a great summer of design, implementation, documentation, and testing!

Marty Connor 2009/09/08 18:57

Current tarball releases

Though we recommend and encourage use of our git repository to download gPXE and Etherboot releases, we also provide tarballs:

Marty Connor 2008/09/26

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Google Tech Talk Video

Marty Connor, Michael Brown, and H. Peter Anvin gave a Google Tech talk recently at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. We highlighted the new features of gPXE, PXELINUX, and how we have advanced the state of the art in network booting.

Video of the talk is available here.

Marty Connor 2008/09/26

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