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Re: grub-0.97: btrfs multidevice support [PATCH]

From: Peng Tao
Subject: Re: grub-0.97: btrfs multidevice support [PATCH]
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 11:29:11 +0800

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:01 PM, Colin Watson <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 04:09:51PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 08:38:10AM +1000, Bron Gondwana wrote:
>> > On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:21:46PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
>> > > I'm sorry but GRUB Legacy is not maintained.  At least not by us;  we've
>> > > deprecated it in favour of GRUB 2.
>> > >
>> > > It is also being abandoned by distributors, so I wouldn't recommend that 
>> > > you
>> > > put any effort in developing for it.
>> >
>> > You've been spouting this line for years, and yet my Ubuntu 10.4 machine
>> > uses, guess what, GRUB 1.
> I assume you typoed, since there's no such thing as Ubuntu 10.4 yet.
> When there is (well, 10.04 anyway), it will use GRUB 2 by default.
>> > Edward - please do continue to develop patches for GRUB 1 (the one that
>> > still actually works plenty well enough for lots of people) and ignore the
>> > naysayers who are happy to throw out backwards compatibility.
> It would be great if somebody could take up Edward's work and port it to
> GRUB 2. If nobody else does then I'd be interested in doing so myself,
> although I will not be able to start for a month or two from now.
Is there any guild lines for porting GPLv2 code to GRUB2? I've looked
at the GRUB2 wiki but very few things are documented there
( I'd like to see what it would take to port
the patches. If I can afford it, I'd like to try.
> Robert is working hard on making GRUB 2 usable, and is just advising
> Edward that, right now, there is no upstream for GRUB Legacy who could
> either accept or usefully comment on his patch. It would of course be
> possible for some people (presumably mostly the distributors who rely on
> it) to get together and declare themselves the new upstream for GRUB
> Legacy, but most of the people who might be interested in such things
> seem to have either lost interest or thrown their weight behind GRUB 2
> upstream. Certainly this distributor right here is in the latter camp as
> it seems much more likely to produce a result that meets our needs in
> the end. (Plus, I think such a revitalised upstream would be a caretaker
> at best, and wouldn't really be able to effectively work on some of the
> major issues that have dogged distributors of GRUB Legacy for years
> without reinventing the wheel of GRUB 2.)
> This isn't naysaying those people who post patches for GRUB Legacy - but
> given the reality that nobody is maintaining GRUB Legacy upstream right
> now, which is better, to have your patch ignored or to receive a note
> saying that it's against an unmaintained target? I'd go for not being
> ignored any day.
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Peng Tao
State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology
Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecoms.

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