Subject: Re: VPS mailing list, BSD interest?
To: None <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
From: Wolfgang Solfrank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/02/1996 17:09:10
> Firmware which incorporates file system knowledge is Evil, and i'm not
> aware of any current workstation-class hardware that ships with
> firmware which attempts to (directly) understand file systems. (I
> could be wrong, since i'm not intimately familiar with too many
> machines' boot processes, but i think that, at least in this respect,
> the overall brokenness of new systems is decreasing.)
While one might argue that it is not "workstation-class hardware", both the
PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and the PPCP (PowerPC Platform), aka
CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) require that the firmware be able
to load the bootcode from FAT filesystems or 9660 filesystems either directly
from a disk or from an FDISK partition (including an extended one).
In addition PPCP requires that the firmware be able to load the bootcode from
a MacOS partition.
Just to confuse things a bit :-).
ws@TooLs.DE (Wolfgang Solfrank, TooLs GmbH) +49-228-985800