At 00:08 19.02.98 -0500, you wrote:
what is really needed, is a a true 32bit bios for
people that single boot
Linux. this bios should boot directly into protected mode (this way it can
load uncompressed kernels).
What is the advantage of an uncompressed kernel?
it should be able to boot the kernel image from any IDE
partition on any of
the 4 disks (hda,hdb,hdc,hdd), or find the kernel on the IDE cdrom (to be
able to boot directly into an install program from a linux distribution CD.
and as a fallback, boot from the floppy.
later versions could be made to boot from SCSI Disks. ZIPdisks, LS drive.
This means, that the first version is only for Computers with Linux
and IDE-Harddisk. I think only very few people are using such a configuration.
Most Linux installations i know are either private computers with Win95+Linux
or Linux servers with an SCSI-Harddisk.
we should keep this bios as simple as possible,
Where's the advantage of an own BIOS, if it is only a small subset of
the normal BIOS? The only advantage of your proposal i can see is the booting
from any harddisk, but since there is only Linux on the system ...
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