[U-Boot-Users] uploading OS over network instead of u-boot downloading it from a server.
wd at denx.de
Sat Jun 21 01:01:55 CEST 2003
In message <188.8.131.52.2.20030620153323.0131d640 at corelis.com> you wrote:
> I understood/assumed 128k is for u-boot only.
Right. It boots over the net.
> The idea is to ship the product with small flash which is large enough hold
> u-boot only.
This is OK, works fine in many systems :-)
> It won't be practical (support nightmare!) for us to ask our customers to
> setup a tftp server in order to use our product.
What's so complicated about this? See for example how Abatron ships
their BDI2000s - they include a free TFTP server on their floppy
disks which is so simple that even a Windoze user can start it.
> However, if the boot loader is capable of receiving the OS image over the
> network, our PC side application can upload the OS and Ram disk image to
> our custom board the first time it connects to it.
> Is this not a good idea?
No, it is not. You are trying to re-invent the wheel.
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