Is it possible to netboot a FreeRunner?

Al Johnson openmoko at
Sun Aug 31 15:30:11 CEST 2008

On Saturday 30 August 2008, Andreas Zuber wrote:
> Am Samstag 30 August 2008 10:06:01 schrieb Torfinn Ingolfsen:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I just got a strange idea into my head. So I'll ask a possibly silly
> > question:
> >
> > Is it possble to netboot a Neo FreeRunner? Can you netboot at all over
> > usb? Does uboot have netbot support?
> I know uboot from an other embedded system, where it was installed, and it
> is able to download a kernel from a tftp server to the memory. This is done
> by the "tftpboot" command.
> There is also a "dhcp" command so uboot can get an ip for the network.
> But i dont know if uboot can handle the usb as a network device. Someone
> has already tried this?

I think it can be done, but you will now need a custom kernel. When moving the 
USB ethernet gadget driver from built-in to module Andy Green (IIRC) 
mentioned that someone needed it builtin for netbooting with rootfs on NFS.

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