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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] kbuild: default kernel image
On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:07:39PM +0200, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
> Better make life easier - but in a nice and structured way.

Life /was/ easy when there was just zImage and Image on ARM. All you
had to do was decide whether you wanted a compressed or uncompressed
binary image of the kernel, where compressed images were the normal.

And this is the way I'd preferred it to stay since we have a nice
sane structured idea of what we provide without any major "what
file format do I need" problems.

The problem starts happening when boot loaders think they can dictate
to the kernel what format they want the kernel to be in - at that
point the number of kernel image formats and methods to boot the
kernel increases and everything gets a lot more complex.

This is the whole basis of my argument. We shouldn't make it easy
for people to extend this stupid idea that the boot loader defines
the format which the kernel shall be in. It's the _wrong_ idea.

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Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux - http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/
maintainer of: 2.6 PCMCIA - http://pcmcia.arm.linux.org.uk/
2.6 Serial core
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