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Re: Booting a CD using grub-0.93

From: Chris Lingard
Subject: Re: Booting a CD using grub-0.93
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:11:17 +0100
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On Tuesday 14 October 2003 7:12 pm, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 14, 2003 at 05:48:23PM +0200, Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> > Well, now the patch is adapted to a later version. It's a good thing. But
> > I don't think the patch has been cleaned up. As his patch changes core
> > parts of GRUB and too unreadable, I can't accept, regardless of how many
> > people use it.
> >
> > I would be happy, if you or someone else could clean up the patch. It is
> > not easy, because the patch changes many things.
> I think it's sad that for whatever reason Thierry has been alienated from
> GRUB development.
> I'm all for getting this patch integrated, but don't think I'm the most
> indicate for that as I'm unfamiliar with stage1 internals and it'd take me
> a lot of time to figure out what the i386 assembler code in stage1 is
> doing.

I am sorry, I did not know that there was so much "politics" involved.

I have read stage1.S, both in its original form, and the new version, and
find the new version well documented.  But it is some years since I did
assembler coding.

I am not a grub developer, I came here because Linux from Scratch is switching
to grub for version 5; and I make a bootable CD to distribute it.

I suppose the brutal answer is that I do not care if grub does not work; 
(being unable to boot a CD is a major failure from my perspective).  The
previous versions have used lilo. After version 5, I can change to another
bootloader; and recommend that we drop grub.

I think that you should decide a strategy.  Does grub exist solely for 
Debian/Hurd; or do you want to become a "global" boot loader?


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