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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] Gujin linux.kgz boot format
    Vda wrote:
    >> This linux-*.kgz format is the "native" format of the Gujin
    >> bootloader which can be found here:
    > /me looking at the site
    > Wow. Isn't this overdesigned by wide margin?

    Well, you will see Gujin with its video/mouse interface on the WEB,
    because there is no point in just showing the tiny interface which
    does not even detect which video mode (or serial interface) is
    available. For that just imagine two line of text, the first being
    the copyright, the second a set of point indicating the progress
    being done loading from BIOS or from DOS.

    Now if you want to tell me that it is a lot easier to write code
    using GCC compared to an assembler, well I quite agree. The source
    code size is approx the same as Grub, with a lot less files.
    It is also a lot simpler to use the BIOS than to rewrite everything
    to be able to switch to protected mode.

    > Apart from shaving a few kb's from kernel image (which are discarded
    > anyway after boot, IIRC), what advantages does this bring?
    > Do they outweigh effort needed to maintain it?

    Don't you think autodetection of the ways to boot a PC is a nice
    feature, so that you just have _one_ rescue CDROM/floppy/pen drive
    from now on? Also you just test a new Linux distribution without
    changing your current bootloader configuration? At least, you do
    not end up having 3 or 4 Grub and two LILO configured in 6 different
    root filesystems, some of them on removeable HD...

    Moreover, there is no need to provide boot floppies to install
    distributions on PC which cannot boot CDROMs, just give a way
    to make a Gujin floppy. It will load big kernel directly from
    the CDROM ISO9660 filesystem, in /boot directory.


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