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Re: About grub feature

From: Christoph Plattner
Subject: Re: About grub feature
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2000 21:24:40 +0200

A good idea to see in GRUB a protable boot loader. But we have to
consider, that workstations for example already have boot monitors
with complex functionality, for example handling the system environment.

So my idea is, that GRUB should also learn all the addition features
of the different hardware platforms, like managing a local environment
(litte editor functionality, for example), GRUB command shell should
go over into a "full boot monitor" with a common use over different
platforms + plus special feature from platform to platform.


And my aiming "dream" of GRUB is, that it will become part of 
the system boot monitor/bios !

A SUN workstation and a PC should include GRUB as loader, burned and
programmed in the ROM chip !!!!!!!!!


Conclusion: What I want to say: Some boot monitors of workstation
can partially more than GRUB, and GRUB should learn....
On the other hand, most boot monitors are not convinient for the user,
GRUB is !! 
Let's have a marriage !!

With friendly regards

        Christoph P.

Alessandro Rubini wrote:
> 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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