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Re: GRUB on powerpc

From: Proneet Biswas
Subject: Re: GRUB on powerpc
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 14:40:34 -0700
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Hi Jerone,
  Thanks for the response. Let me investigate if there are other bootloader options as one of the requirements for us is
  also to move away from openfirmware.


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Jerone Young wrote:
Hollis Blanchard can better answer this but I think I have most the
answers for you..see below.

On 8/29/07, Proneet Biswas <address@hidden> wrote:
   I am fairly new to the grub bootloader. So if the question is already
answered, please feel free to point me to the relevant pointers/FAQ. We are
   trying to use GRUB on a new powerpc based platform for loading 2.6 linux
   Q1: Which is the latest stable version which I should start with ?

Grab the latest cvs build.

   Q2: Will this require openfirmware to be involved at any intermediate
stage of loading or GRUB would be able to directly load the kernel.

Yes current powerpc port does require open firmware.

   Q3: Are there any specific limitations on the kind of file systems or
storage media for loading kernel ?

The grub  have to be on a FAT filesystem so that Open Firmware can
read them. I've only tested it with the kernel in the same filesystem.
But since grub can read ext3 I see no reason why it shouldn't be able
to read the kernel from another partition formated ext3...though I
have not tried this.


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