BootMania is now freeware

Good news, everyone! BootMania - utility, which can make your PowerPC based Mac boot over the network from another Mac, is now freeware.

Every NewWorld PowerMac, PowerBook, iMac and iBook can boot from a boot server over local network, you just have to press the "N" key during startup. Unfortunately the boot server is included just in the Mac OS X Server, which is probably not the most widespread version of this system. BootMania from Beanz can make boot server from any ordinary Mac with ordinary OS X. You can boot various Linux or BSD installation media, downloaded as a image from the Internet, OS X installation media or even a working Mac OS X.
Almost six years ago I bought BootMania license for my iBook G4 and used it to install operating system to about a dozen of old iMac G3 machines with broken CD drives. After I changed iBook for PowerBook, I was again limited to demonstration version, because the license key is tied to a particular machine. BootMania website was dead and since I needed to boot another machine with broken CD drive to install Debian, I decided to contact original author via e-mail address found on Wayback Machine copy of the original site.
Today BootMania was made freeware by the author - Makoto Oda - and the site is back online. You can download the app, user documentation and utility to generate license key file. I would like to thank the author again. This utility has made my life easier and it's good to see and use it again, although most of in-app OS download links are broken after the years and will require some changes in appropriate .plist files. Thanks!
Written by Logout | Monday, September 23, 2013 | Permanent link | Comments: 6