Talk:Netboot

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Missing detailed instructions

What is missing here is detailed instruction on how to use these files to create a single, physical, holdable-in-hand artifact that can actually be used to boot the system without any "coding", i.e. without the knowledge of the gory details and esotheric configuration languages used by bootloaders.

Rulatir (talk) 13:46, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

I am assuming you are referring to USB.
For BIOS: The easiest way to do this would be to install Syslinux onto a USB drive and create a simple Syslinux configuration that loads ipxe.lkrn.
For EFI: Format a USB drive with FAT32 and copy ipxe.efi to /EFI/Boot/BOOTX64.EFI (this is much easier than the BIOS way).
brain0 (talk) 16:46, 8 June 2016 (UTC)
I am confused about the result of downloading the latest Arch Linux release, and the methods to use it. I mean, should I prepare space for an ISO image that will be downloaded? Am I expected to burn what ever was downloaded on a CD in order to continue the installation? Can I use whatever was downloaded in other ways, maybe just boot into it?
Regid (talk) 17:19, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
In above example you boot via your prepared USB, the netboot ipxe.lkrn/efi takes care of configuring ethernet/dhcp, downloads the most current Arch image, unpacks & boots it in RAM. This way you always have a USB which will provide the current Arch live system, but download it on-demand. Perhaps have a look at w:IPXE for the method. --Indigo (talk) 18:17, 24 November 2018 (UTC)