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Re: NetBSD hacker needed?

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: NetBSD hacker needed?
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 20:02:19 +0000
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On Sun, Sep 07, 2003 at 01:27:37PM +0100, Yoshinori Okuji wrote:
> Hello Shigeya-san,
>  --- Shigeya Suzuki <address@hidden> wrote:
> > What kind of help do you need?
> Rewrite of the code to boot up NetBSD. NetBSD changed the boot procedure at a
> certain version (I don't remember well), so GRUB cannot boot NetBSD directly
> any longer. This is not very important for oridnary users, because GRUB still
> can chainload the boot loader of NetBSD, but this is critical for diskless
> users.

I believe this is not true currently. For NetBSD 1.6.1 GRUB was able to
boot via:

  kernel --type=netbsd /netbsd

There are other needs for GRUB to support *BSD better, and to keep supporting
them in the future.

UFS2 would be nice for example, since FreeBSD 5.1 or newer come with UFS2
by default and other *BSD might adopt it at some point. There was someone
working on UFS2 for GRUB, but it seems development is stalled. Would you
like to work on this?

Okuji, is UFS2 ok to go for 0.9x? Note that FreeBSD 5.1 or newer default
installs are not supported without it.

Robert Millan

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thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
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