Argon’s latest network booting product brings the capability of Etherboot, usually used to load Linux, FreeBSD or DOS, to network adapters from all major suppliers.

Mississauga, ON – June 13, 2003
— Argon Technology announces a new addition to its stable of network booting products with the release of its Etherboot-based Boot ROM (EPROM). Etherboot is a network booting protocol that simplifies remote client management. Designed around Linux-based applications, Etherboot is an alternate to the PXE (Preboot eXecution Environment) protocol that is used in most Argon products. The Etherboot ROM is available for installation on network adapters from 3Com, Intel, Realtek, NE2000, and others that have a socket where a ROM chip can be installed.

With the ROM installed, network administrators can download boot images over an Ethernet network for execution on an x86 computer. “Etherboot is normally used for booting diskless devices such as thin clients, X-terminals, servers, embedded systems and plant-floor devices,” says Conrad Lawes, Argon’s Technical Serivces Manager. ” Etherboot is the defacto standard for network booting on Unix/Linux platform. It only made sense to offer this product line to customers in the Linux community”.

While it is usually used to load Linux, FreeBSD or DOS, Etherboot can also be used to load arbitrary images, including other operating systems, to remote devices.

The Argon Etherboot Boot ROM is priced at $49.99 US for a 5 pack, and is available on line at

About Argon Technology Corporation

Argon Technology is a world leader in network booting solutions. Founded by former employees of 3Com Corporation, Argon is licensed to build, support and develop the network booting technologies formerly provided by 3Com’s Lanworks subsidiary.

The company’s Boot ROM technology supports all leading manufactures of networking ASICs and add in cards, as well as desktop management applications that comply with the Wired for Management standard. Argon also provides consulting and training services that help its customers use network booting to lower PC ownership costs. For more details, visit