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.
> this project been abandoned?
No. I'm just busy with reallife (PhD thesis...),
you can always build g4u with latest NetBSD-current sources to get support for more recent hardware. I should really get some snapshot out...
OpenBSD is not 4.4BSD derived
OpenBSD was split from NetBSD after some people couldn't get along, and not derived from 4.4BSD. NetBSD is directly derived from 4.4BSD.