g4u ("ghost for unix") is a boot-floppy/CD that allows one to easily clone PC hard disks by using FTP. This is often done to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs. The floppy/CD offers two functions: it uploads the compressed image of a local hard disk to an FTP server, and then it can retrieve that image via FTP, uncompress it, and write it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP. As the hard disk is processed as an image, any filesystem and operating system can be deployed using g4u. Easy cloning of local disks as well as partitions is also supported.
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Release Notes: This release includes updated drivers based on the latest development version of NetBSD, a complete overhaul of the build system to remove the 2.88MB size limit, and availability of contracts for technical support over the previous release.
Release Notes: The most important changes in this release lie in an improved infrastructure that allow more flexibility, removing the 2.88MB limit that g4u previously had. Many new device drivers were added.
Release Notes: The most imortant changes are not user-visible, but are in the build process. As a result of this, the 2.88MB size restriction is gone and now only the machine's RAM is the limit, allowing a lot of drivers to be added again.
Release Notes: Serial drivers were added again for those people that need serial console. Support for IT Express and ATI IXP IDE and Promise SATA150 controllers was added. Many bugfixes and enhancements were taken from NetBSD-current, including EHCI-based USB improvements. "dmesg" now hints at pressing space/CR to scroll down.
Release Notes: There are now two versions, a CDROM version (which can also be used on DVD), and a two-floppy version. This allows all the drivers that had to be removed in the past to be added back again: USB keyboards, SATA drives, hardware RAID controllers, PCMCIA and Cardbus drivers, Wireless LAN, Fiber Channel for your SAN, Token Ring, and others. Anther important change is a new "copypart" program to copy local partitions.