Some of you may be aware of my threats to release an app for Android whose primary function is to act as a PXE boot server.
At the risk of looking like a spammer I'm using this space to announce the introduction of "BukerPXE" to the Goggle Play market for Android.
The description is regurgitated here for the forum consumption:
BukerPXE is a lightweight TFTP, FTP, HTTP, and proxyDHCP server suitable for hosting PXE payloads from your Android powered device over your local LAN using its built in WiFi adapter.
Originally devised as a portable diagnostic toolkit capable of booting a non-functional workstation into various diagnostic environments, BukerPXE runs on your Android phone to listen for network boot requests from machines configured with PXE network boot capability. (the vast majority of computers have this available in their BIOS
The client computer then boots to display a simple menu consisting of various PXE payload options which can include diagnostic utilities, bootloaders, installers etc.
BukerPXE works with your existing LAN infrastructure, the main requirement being that the client computer and the Android Wifi device be on the same LAN subnet. The client computer typically plugs into the network via Ethernet cable, and your Android device connects via WiFi. Using its built in proxyDHCP service, BukerPXE is designed to work alongside the existing router or other DHCP server without modification. This makes it easy to deploy and does not interfere with normal network traffic.
The Lite version uses the TFTP protocal only to transport the payload to the target machine. Payloads can easily be added or removed using conventional syslinux based text menus. The default Lite version comes with MemTest86 for RAM testing, NTPSSWD a password reset utility for editing/removing Windows user passwords on target Windows PC's, MHDD a hard drive testing and reporting utility, and HDT a hardware detection tool that enumerates the hardware installed on the target machine. These are included as simple examples of PXE network booting,
demonstrates compatibility with your device and existing networks, and provides some usability straight out of the box even if you decide to not define your own payloads or move up to the full version of BukerPXE.
The full version of BukerPXE allows many more larger and practical payloads as it leverages the iPXE protocol with the speed of FTP and HTTP transfers.
I invite all you freindly Rebooters with Android devices to visit the link below and take it for a spin. It *DOES REQUIRE ROOT ACCESS*. So if you haven't rooted your device yet, now you have yet another reason.
Currently only the LITE version is available to the public, and it is, and shall remain free of charge. All I ask is for constructive feedback either here, on the project Website, http://bukerpxe.com (under construction) or via the conventional Google Play store reviews.
Due to the massive amount of devices out there, it is impossible for us to test even a small portion of them, so we are keenly interested your experiences.
Keep in mind this is my first app idea, and the first of its kind on the market EVER!!! It is currently very simple compared to what many of you are used to, but the full version is evolving quickly, and even the LITE version is still a work in progress. So:
PLEASE BE GENTLE!!!
Click HERE----> http://goo.gl/vigAn
And THANK YOU ALL!! For being such an inspiration, honestly. I mean that.