Emily J. Ratliff <email@example.com> -
1. Feature Overview:
Feature Id: 
a. Name of Feature: Switch qemu to use gpxe option rom for netboot
b. Feature Description
Switch qemu over to using gpxe option rom for network booting
2. Feature Details:
Arch Specificity: Both
Affects Kernel Modules: Yes
Delivery Mechanism: Backport
Request Type: Driver - Feature from Upstream
d. Upstream Acceptance: In Progress
Sponsor Priority 2
f. Severity: Medium
IBM Confidential: no
Code Contribution: IBM code
g. Component Version Target: gPXE 0.97 or newer, gemu-0.12 or newer
3. Business Case
IBM has a number of products that require a richer netweork booting environment. Tivoli Provision
manager has a program that makes extensive use of PXE UNDI mode which has much better support in
gPXE than the current etherboot module. Additionally, gPXE also includes iSCSI booting support
which is a key diskless technology that IBM employs in bare-metal scenarios. Adding gPXE allows
virtualization to fit more seamlessly into existing customer environments.
4. Primary contact at Red Hat:
5. Primary contacts at Partner:
Project Management Contact:
Stephanie Glass, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-838-9284
Ryan Arnold, email@example.com
Warren Grunbok II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving to gPXE was also requested on bug #488879, but for RHEL-6.
------- Comment From email@example.com 2009-09-18 13:34 EDT-------
F11 has gPXE packaged:
F12 is planning the switch.
Work is already done upstream, just need to pull in for 5.5
IBM is signed up to test and provide feedback.
This enhancement request was evaluated by the full Red Hat Enterprise Linux
team for inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor release. As a
result of this evaluation, Red Hat has tentatively approved inclusion of
this feature in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update minor release.
While it is a goal to include this enhancement in the next minor release
of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the enhancement is not yet committed for
inclusion in the next minor release pending the next phase of actual
code integration and successful Red Hat and partner testing.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 546019 ***