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Re: Finishing off Multiboot Specification

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Finishing off Multiboot Specification
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 23:40:42 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sun, Aug 02, 2009 at 09:51:00AM -0700, Bogdan wrote:
> Hi.
> I'm interested in helping out with development of GRUB 2. I am particularly 
> interested in seeing the Multiboot Specification being updated; the old one 
> is *very* outdated and the draft isn't actively being worked on. I'm part of 
> both and BonaFide ( communities and we'd really like to 
> see an updated version. What can I do to help?
> I assume GRUB is of primary interest here and the Multiboot Specification is 
> mostly explaining what GRUB expects. In that case I assume there might be 
> some things that you already implemented in GRUB that would drive the spec in 
> a certain direction.

One of the major problems with bringing Multiboot2 to a usable state is that
its implementation is in bitrot.

The reason that brought us to this is that it shares very little code with
the Multiboot1 loader.

As a first step, I would recommend rewriting the Multiboot2 loader completely,
basing it off the Multiboot1 with some preprocessor magic for divergences.

Robert Millan

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