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Re: NetBSD wishlist
On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 12:17:26PM +0000, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> > Instant-on. The work done to reduce Chrome OS boot time makes a lot of
> > sense, IMHO. Of course, many need to have more control over the boot
> > process, but end users don't care. Also, instant-on after sleep is great.
> I am one end user who cares, I need to be able to boot netbsd -a to select
> the root device, since I have to boot indirectly using a disk image which I
> boot using grub4dos, running under FreeDOS.
I guess he meant end users of consumer products built on top of
NetBSD. Certainly nobody is going to take away your freedom to
boot -a ;)
> NetBSD can be installed onto a USB drive; I installed 4.0.1 onto a 4 GB USB
> stick, might try with -current mainly to get a preview. With NetBSD-current,
> I would need to be able to compile a custom kernel.
> Live USB image should allow using the rest of the space on the USB drive.
> I installed NetBSD 5.1 using the memstick image (adventuresome), can't boot
> USB directly on my computer but booted with the help of PLoP boot manager
> (http://www.plop.at/), which kernel in turn was booted using grub4dos running
> under FreeDOS.
> FreeBSD offers USB memstick images for releases now: include base system,
> documentation, and live rescue file system.
> I was hoping to copy the source .tgz sets to this USB stick, but
> unfortunately the image was so set up to make the rest of the USB stick
> inaccessible. Also, since most of the content in this memstick image was
> already tgz'ed, I think it would be better to make the downloadable image
> available not gzip'ed; very little space is saved by gzip'ing. But I think
> this is the first time NetBSD has offered memstick image for installation,
> albeit only for i386 and amd64.
The 5.1 memsticks were provided via manual labour because of high
user demand. We're hoping to make it a permanent feature in the
future. Any feedback you can give, especially as concise individual
send-pr's (e.g. "can't copy src.tgz to usb image" and "gzipping
memstick image brings little benefit"), is welcome. As usual and
if possible, feedback with patches is even more welcome. I think
Jared's "mkmemstick.sh" was used to generate the images. I don't
know of a canonical location for it, but it's trivially found from
a search engine.
btw, thanks to everyone who has posted suggestions so far. It
really helps to know what people consider worthwhile and strategically
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