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Re: [Bug-grub] Re: grub-0.93-win32-iso9660.diff

From: Yoshinori Okuji
Subject: Re: [Bug-grub] Re: grub-0.93-win32-iso9660.diff
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 16:44:44 +0100 (BST)

 --- Jason Thomas <address@hidden> wrote:
> The things in the TODO file are features not bug fixes. 

Note that GRUB is the standard Multiboot boot loader, so it is the most
important to support all the features of Multiboot. GRUB has always been saying
that it supports *all* the features of Multiboot plus some other fancy
features. If anything defined in Multiboot is missing, that is a bug.

I'm quite afraid that you don't see Multiboot-compliance critical for GRUB.
That has been a general tendency in GRUB development these days. Probably
because most people only think  about Linux or don't know anything but Linux
and Windows.

My stance is very different even if I use GNU/Linux. I want to help people who
develop new operating systems. That takes precedence to support for existing
operating systems. I know my opinion is not good for ordinary users, but I
don't need to work for ordinary users anyway. (Oh, I'm proud of that GRUB is
not commercial software.)

Please understand at least this point: GRUB would be GRUB even if support for
Linux is omitted, while GRUB would not be GRUB if support for Multiboot

The reason why I may compromise without finishing Multiboot issues is just that
the missing features are not necessary to  boot Multiboot-compliant OSes in
most cases (such as GNU/Hurd).


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