Subject: Boot manager review request
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG>
From: VaX#n8 <email@example.com>
Date: 12/16/1994 02:52:53
I want a comparison of boot managers. They're kind of a pain to install
(if you lose your part. table, for example), and I use it every day.
Here's my two:
1) pboot (I think) - pretty hard to install, easy to screw up the command
line. Blows away your partition table in sector 0. Once you've installed it
(read the command line carefully; no arguments are optional!) then it's not
hard to do it again. Will boot any of the four hard partitions on my machine.
When I had a second scsi disk, it would display the four partitions from it,
too, but I couldn't get it to boot from them. Shows what kind of partitions
they are, too. Hit a numeric key, and it boots.
2) Coherent bootstrap. Haven't used it in 2+ years, but it's the best
one I've seen. The installation process sucks big rocks (you basically
have to install coherent, last time I checked, which was a while ago),
but it has a timeout to a default partition (probably the active one),
which is VERY nice for unattended machines. I never booted anything
but DOS/Coh under it.
Are they any others that have a timeout?
Your reviews welcome.
VaX#n8 (vak-sa-nate) - n, CS senior++ and Unix junkie - firstname.lastname@example.org
Just the vax-man. Read my MIPS, no new VAXes! - PGP key on request