Subject: Re: NetBSD improvements WAS Re: RealAudio
To: Bob Nestor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 11/01/1997 14:36:58
>The Mac port has a booter application that runs under MacOS. If all the
>other supported architectures had a similar capability then a single
>CD-ROM for all systems would be possible. Although this is not much
>different from the "boot floppy image" approach, it saves the user from
>having to build the floppy from the CD and it could work on systems that
>don't have a floppy.
Excuse me, but I genuinely don't understand. What would a ``booter
application'' that runs under SunOS 4.1.x on a single-disk system look
like? For Ultrix? For VMS? For HP-UX?
On SunOS you at least have a hope of writing a utility that can unpack
a miniroot and put it into an `unused' SunOS partition, if you're
lucky enough to have one.
Sure, a wizard can use the ``drop NetBSD kernel into SunOS root
partition and boot'' technique. (Binary emulation is so cool!). But
I've tried to sell this to NetBSD/pmax users, and *they* just don't
buy it, so I'm extremely skeptical. So I don't think this counts.
But the others? Could you explain what you're thinking of?
Would issues like requiring 512-byte blocks from CDs be an issue,