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Re: The BSDs

From: Marco Gerards
Subject: Re: The BSDs
Date: 22 Oct 2003 21:11:30 +0200
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Alexander Langer <address@hidden> writes:

> Thus spake Dan Kegel (address@hidden):
> > Let's say somebody wants to use Grub to boot all their
> > operating systems.  To achieve this, it helps if the operating
> > systems support the multiboot spec.
> You can use the chainloader for *BSD and still boot "all your operating
> systems".

But you are not using GRUB to boot.  Why not go back to lilo for
GNU/Linux? ;)

I like GRUB and I want to use it to boot every operating system I use.

> > Adding multiboot support to BSD will probably be easier for various
> > reasons if there is an all-BSD way of testing it (without any
> > strange non-BSD bootloader stuff like Grub).
> It will be easier to configure GRUB, but will introduce 100s of points
> of failure for both GRUB developers and *BSD users, as it will be a real
> pain to keep the stuff up-to-date and as e.g. the FreeBSD boot loader does
> a _lot_ more than just what's given in the multiboot specification
> (taken a quick look).

If someone is interested in writing *BSD support I can only encourage
him to so so.

If the FreeBSD bootloader does more that what is possible with the
multiboot specification IMHO it should be studied so the multiboot
specification can be improved.


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