Subject: Re: 1.5 ISOs available for download
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Tracy J. Di Marco White <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/06/2000 13:49:49
}On Wed, 6 Dec 2000, Tracy J. Di Marco White wrote:
}: }This can't possibly work properly on all macppc, pmax, and vax at one time.
}: }The necessary boot info for OFW 1 and 2 on macppc needs the same block 0
}: }bytes as pmax and vax.
}: That seems odd, as the HOWTO says:
}:    Open Firmware can read files off ISO 9660 CDs, so just leave a kernel
}:           and copies of ofwboot.elf and ofwboot.xcf somewhere on the CD,
}This will work for OFW 1 and 2 if the CD has *NO* HFS partition, but in that
}case it will not boot on OFW 3.  If you add HFS, it will boot on OFW 3, but
}not OFW 1 or 2.  To boot on all macppc's requires some serious magic.

I can update the readme for now to say that it only is bootable on OFW 1 & 2,
not OFW3.  "serious magic" sounds like it could be gotten around by splitting
across two CDs, since two are needed for all architectures anyway?

}The HOWTO will be nuked in the next couple days and replaced with _modern_
}instructions based on the distrib/cdrom tools.


Tracy J. Di Marco White
Project Vincent Systems Manager