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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 mailing list.

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

Marty Connor

Michael Brown

News and Announcements

Current tarball releases

Though we prefer for people to use git to retrieve the latest possible releases, we do provide release 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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LinuxWorld Expo 2008, San Francisco

The Etherboot project will be exhibiting once again at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco from August 5-7. We will also be presenting a tutorial on the morning of Monday August 4th, on the topic of “Virtualization of the Boot Process Using Open Source Software”.

Michael Brown 2008/08/03

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Google Summer of Code 2008

Etherboot Project has been accepted as a mentoring organization to participate in Google's 2008 Summer of Code Project!!

We are looking forward to a great summer of design, implementation, documentation, and testing!

For project Ideas and other information about potential projects see here:

Marty Connor 2008/05/19

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LinuxWorld Expo 2007, San Francisco

The Etherboot project will be present at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco from August 7-9. We will be demonstrating all our exciting new features to passers-by, and giving a talk on New Developments in FOSS Network Booting.

Update 2007/08/09

We had an excellent show, with demos of iSCSI-bootable Windows Server 2003 and Ubuntu Linux, AoE-bootable Windows XP, and HTTP booting. (For light relief, we also demonstrated iSCSI-booting into Windows 3.11, FreeDOS, and MS-DOS 6.22, including running the DOS version of DOOM.)

Michael Brown 2007/08/04

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Google Summer of Code 2007

We have been accepted to participate in Google's 2007 Summer of Code Project!!

We are looking forward to a great summer of design, implementation, documentation, and testing!

For more details, please see:

Marty Connor 2007/03/15

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LinuxWorld Expo 2006, San Francisco

We attended our 11th LinuxWorld Expo in August, and things went very well!

We had a webcam webcam in our booth during show hours, and views of San Francsisco at other times.

At this show we demonstrated a pre-release of gPXE, the next generation (and a rewrite) of Etherboot to enhance PXE compatibility, and add new capabilities.

Some of the demos we we did included:

  • Booting Linux over AOE ( using gPXE
  • Booting Windows Server 2003 over iSCSI using gPXE
  • Booting Linux using PXELINUX and gPXE
  • gPXE's HTTP support for loading files

Traffic at the booth was brisk, and we met a lot of new people who are interested in our technology.


Please note that some of the code for iSCSI booting of Windows has been temporarily taken out of the gPXE codebase at the request of Microsoft Corporation. One necessary part for iSCSI boot in Windows is the iBFT data structure which Microsoft claims is proprietary at this time.

Update 13 March 2007

Microsoft has released an iBFT specifications document which requires agreeing to a Microsoft License Agreement to download. We have asked the Software Freedom Law Center to examine the required license and give us an opinion on whether we can safely release open source code based on the specification.

Update 9 August 2007

IBM has released the iBFT specification document under GPL-friendly terms. The iBFT code, based on the IBM document, is now back in the codebase. Enjoy!

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