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Sorry to such a basic question but I have been struggling and surfing for hours.
I want to follow the instructions to configure a PXE server based on Fedora, the instructions written in 2005, suggests Fedora Core 4. I need to have; tftp-server, dhcp, httpd, syslinux. Which I understand can be install subsequently but are included in FC4.
I cannot find a link to FC4, I guess it's out of date now and no longer available, which server should I now download please and where can I find it?
What are you asking exactly? Are you asking which distribution should you install so you can set up a PXE booting system? Why not simply get the latest version of Fedora? The Fedora Project website will be able to tell you from where you can obtain the ISO images.
What I'm asking exactly is, which is the latest SERVER version? Fedora 13is the Desktop version isn't it? So in a nutshell, what is the 2010 equivalent to Fedora Core 4?
What's wrong with using 13 as a server? According to Wikipedia, Fedora Core 4 came with packages that one would normally use on a desktop (e.g. GNOME and KDE). I don't remember Fedora ever producing separate desktop and server ISOs, though you may be able to choose the type of system you want on install (though I can't say for certain).
The ingredients used to support diskless booting through PXE should run fine on virtually any Linux. While Fedora Core 4 support has long ago vanished, you should still be able to download independent source packages which should build readily.
The whole notion of distinction between server & desktop configurations seems very much overstated. Most distributions can be used in either scenario. I have sometimes performed a 'install everything' Linux installation, and then simply enable the elements that are useful for the application. Today's disks are cheap, and it hurts nothing to have packages loaded on the disk, but not running.
PXE boot host support is such a lightweight service that it should be fine on any always-up host.