On Sunday 03 February 2002 05:24 pm, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Rob Landley wrote:
> > And el-torito bootable CDs basically glue a floppy image onto the front
> > of the CD and lie to the bios to say "oh yeah, I'm a floppy, boot from
> > me". Luckily, they can use the old 2.88 "extended density" floppy
> > standard IBM tried to launch years ago which never got anywhere, but
> > which most BIOS's recognize. But that's still a fairly small place to
> > try to stick a whole system...
> They can be; they can also run in a mode where they can access arbitrary
> blocks on the CD (ISOLINUX runs in this mode.)
You can pivot_root after the bios hands control over to the kernel, sure.
But if the bios can actually boot from arbitrary blocks on the CD before the
kernel takes over, this is news to me. And for the kernel to read from the
CD, it needs its drivers already loaded for it, so they have to be in that
2.88 megs somewhere. (Statically linked, ramdisk, etc.)
I was just pointing out that small boot environments weren't going away any
time soon, even if floppy drivers were to finally manage it. When you
install your system, the initial image you bootstrap from is generally tiny.
Now I'm not so familiar with that etherboot stuff, intel's whatsis
specification (PXE?) for sucking a bootable image through the network. All
I've ever seen that boot is a floppy image, but I don't know if that's a
limitation in the spec or just the way people are using it...
And of course you could always do some variant of two kernel monte...
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