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SubjectRe: Installing kernel 2.4
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> On Wed, Nov 08, 2000 at 03:25:56AM +0000, davej@suse.de wrote:
> > On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> >
> > > If the compiler always aligned all functions and data on 16 byte
> > > boundries (NetWare) for all i386 code, it would run a lot faster.
> >
> > Except on architectures where 16 byte alignment isn't optimal.
> >
> > > Cache line alignment could be an option in the loader .... after all,
> > > it's hte loader that locates data in memory. If Linux were PE based,
> > > relocation logic would be a snap with this model (like NT).
> >
> > Are you suggesting multiple files of differing alignments packed into
> > a single kernel image, and have the loader select the correct one at
> > runtime ? I really hope I've misinterpreted your intention.
>
> Or more practically, a smart loader than could select a kernel image
> based on arch and auto-detect to load the correct image. I don't really
> think it matters much what mechanism is used.
>
> What makes more sense is to pack multiple segments for different
> processor architecures into a single executable package, and have the
> loader pick the right one (the NT model). It could be used for
> SMP and non-SMP images, though, as well as i386, i586, i686, etc.


And this would fit on my 1.4bm floppy so I can boot my hard driveless
firewalling system, correct?

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