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Re: Multiboot overhaul

From: Marco Gerards
Subject: Re: Multiboot overhaul
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 13:52:02 +0200
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Mikhail Vorozhtsov <address@hidden> writes:


> I'm working on a microkernel for x86_64 (with looking forward to ppc64
> and sparc64 ports). As you know, microkernels are quite useless without
> user-space servers that provide "classic" OS services. But microkernels
> are so useless that they even cannot load servers from disk :). That's
> why bootloader need to load servers images directly into memory in
> addition to image of microkernel itself. For i386-pc we have multiboot
> and it "just works". But it's really too i386-pc-specific. We also
> have draft of next multiboot version, but I think it still lacks
> flexibility (e.g. single 'flags' field for all image format, platform,
> and machine related features requests, no versioning). So I've
> implemented new loader (patch attached) focused on exensibility and
> versioning.

Feel free to give feedback on the next multiboot.  I think you
understand we can't just accept a loader for something that is not
discussed and most people are happy with.  What's on the wiki is the
result of discussion, but it is still open for discussion.  Did you
look at the information about this on the wiki?

So I really hope you are willing to participate in this discussion.
Feedback is welcome and so are patches that implement the final
outcome of multiboot2 for any platform supported by GRUB 2.


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