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    SubjectRe: test version of 2.1.0 available
    On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, Erik B Andersen wrote:

    > Wahoo!!! We are finally starting in 2.1.x!!! I can tell you about my
    > experiences so far very simply... It didn't work at all. :-( I use
    > loadlin to boot from an M$-DOS 6.22 boot menu (this makes my wife
    > happy). I just glanced through the source for loadlin, and it _DOES_
    > use hardware addresses to address kernel addresses, which means it is
    > horribly broken using the new kernel.

    What 'hardware addresses' do you mean ? 0x90000 ?
    Well this is the common bootloader segment for both LILO, Loadlin and others.
    The rest (0x1000, 0x100000, also used by LILO) are hardcoded entry points to
    the kernel _after_ the loader has done its job.
    Loadlin does _not_ fiddle or trick anything in the kernel code, what it
    does it does _before_ jumping to the kernel.

    Well, I tried pre-2.1.0 and because I just wanted to test the bootstuff
    I built a small kernel, only with IDE driver configured in.
    It _did_ bomb with Laodlin, however, it also bombs using a DD'ed floppy.
    ^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Now have a look at this strangeness:

    el16:/usr/src/linux-pre-2.1.0# ls arch/i386/boot/*zI* -l
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5121 Sep 24 11:50 arch/i386/boot/bzImage
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18325 Sep 24 12:30 arch/i386/boot/zImage

    el16:/usr/src/linux-pre-2.1.0# ls vmlinux -l
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 678823 Sep 24 12:30 vmlinux*

    Dammned good compression ratio, too good if you ask me.
    There is something broken with the boot/compress stuff I think.
    The vmlinux looks good, the looks good, but the (b)zImages
    are broken.

    So long,

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