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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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