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Re: About grub feature

From: Alessandro Rubini
Subject: Re: About grub feature
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 10:49:30 +0200

Hello Thomas.

Grub is currently very PC-specific code. When the project was born the
main goal was implementing a boot loader that can work with the several
OS's you find in the PC arena, while offering a standardized interface so
every OS could follow the specs and be able to be booted by grub.

Cross-platform issues became important only later, but the grub
development team can't currently devote resources to making it
portable, as there still are pending problems on the PC platform. The
current code base need to be preserved for a while to avoid
introducing bugs in the effort of making it portable.

Fortunately, cross-plaforms issues are being looked at, and after
releasing GRUB-0.6 the tool will undergo a massive rewrite with
portability in mind. I, for one, am very interested in making grub
portable, as I run several platforms and each of them has some
deficiencies in the boot process over what GRUB is offering now in the
PC world.

/alessandro (not a grub developer, by now)

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