Subject: macppc stuff, was Re: boot blocks - all platforms / kernel ramdisk
To: Christopher Tribo <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/25/2003 10:05:59
On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, Christopher Tribo wrote:

> -macppc, here we run into limitations with OpenFirmware on old world
> machines (machines with floppy drives) that cannot boot a kernel larger
> than 3MB reliably. So stuffing the root ramdisk into the kernel is out.
> There's also the small fact that there's no floppy disk driver for swim3
> yet. *sigh*

Uhm, that's not 100% correct.

> ls -l /netbsd
-rwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel  4635032 Nov  4 10:41 /netbsd
> uname -m

The machine is a netbooting Beige G3, and it has a floppy drive. :-)

While I agree about the issues with OF 1.0.5 machines, you were a bit
sloppy with the terminology. ;-)