Subject: Re: Which preboot-loader?
To: Neil J. McRae <>
From: Kevin P. Neal <>
List: tech-ports
Date: 04/21/1996 22:16:44
At 10:45 AM 4/21/96 +0100, Neil J. McRae wrote:
>On Sat, 20 Apr 1996 20:41:49 -0400 
> "Kevin P. Neal" <> wrote:
>> In addition to having a NetBSD boot block and partition-resident filesystem
>> block, I bet most Amiga people would want to use some sort of partition that
>> they would boot from and it would present them with a menu of partitions to
>> boot from. The menu partition could frob the boot chain and then return,
>> thus allowing the user to choose from Amiga-native and NetBSD-native.
>On kickstart >1.3 if you hold down both mouse buttons at boot you
>are presented with such a menu...
(my machine has been down for about 2 months, grrrr)

Was "Amiga Unix" (SVR4) out in 1.3 days? I don't quite remember.

I'm told Amix has a system where you hold down perhaps one mouse button
and it asks which you want to boot. 

Also, doesn't loadbsd run on 1.3? Is the ability to use old ROMs in an
Amiga useful? As in, would anybody be bothered if the boot blocks 
required 2.04? I'm sure a few would be bothered.

I myself have an A2000 that will be upgraded to a NetBSD box as soon
as I can get money. I still want to be able to run old games on it
though, and a ROM switcher is yet another thing to buy and futz with.
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