Kernel in smaller ROMs, salvation in sight?

steven james pyro at
Thu Aug 7 10:51:30 CEST 2003


It might be useful to switch to ext2 so the journaling code can be
dropped. In general, a bootloader mostly needs read only access anyway.

Might also be interesting to see how much network/socket code can be
chopped out of a kernel/bootloader.


On Thu, 7 Aug 2003, Jeff Noxon wrote:

> I just built 2.6.0-test2 in 441kB with one IDE DMA driver and ext3.
> I have yet to try LinuxBIOS (waiting for some BIOS Saviors!), but it
> looks like I will be able to do quite a lot with my Tyan Tiger MPX
> (S2466N-4M) if I upgrade the BIOS chip to an 8mbit part.
> Doing anything useful with the 4mbit chip may still be a lost cause,
> but it does look like 2.6.0 has lost some bloat.  Perhaps if some
> of us contribute more "embedded fat-trimming" patches we can make
> linuxbios+linux+initrd fit easily in a half megabyte.
> Jeff
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