Subject: Re: Current state of native boot
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Lincoln and Jodi Rutledge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/08/2002 06:02:45
--- Chris Bartlett <email@example.com> wrote:
> >I've been scouring the archive (was given Quadra
> >new to Mac world) and took note that having a
> >boot option has been discussed and worked on, with
> >ROMs disassembled etc for SEVEN YEARS.
> I don't know anything of this specifically, but you
> can sort of do this
> already with the Mac.
> The mac Booter application has an autoboot feature.
> I have mine set to
> boot 5 seconds after starting the app, and the app
> has an alias in the
> startup items folder, so basically, 5 seconds after
> the Mac boots, it
> kicks over to NetBSD automatically. (I don't have it
> shorter than 5
> seconds, because I want the time to stop it should I
> have a need).
> Since the Mac can boot from floppy, CD, external
> hard disk, and on newer
> Macs, LAN... I would think you could simulate a
> native boot simply be
> having a minimal system folder, and the booter app
> set to auto boot.
> This of course won't work with LAN for any Macs that
> the mac68k port
> pertain to (well, at least not without further
> hardware/software to run
> something like "The Diskless Mac").
> And depending on what OS version you are running, it
> might be an
> interesting challenge to fit the OS, the booter, and
> enough of NetBSD on
> a floppy, but it might be doable (there are ways to
> hack the Mac OS so
> that it doesn't require the finder, which will save
> you some space and
> let you drop directly into the Booter app).
> CD would be a peice of cake.
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