Subject: Re: Problems booting new 1.3 kernel
To: Jonathan Stone <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 01/20/1998 16:00:43
> Boggle. Who was the bright spark at WSE who decided not to write a
> PROM boot driver for the floppy?  I mean, what else are floppies
> useful for, on a networked machine? :) :)

The thought was that it would be used to do sneakernet file transfers,
since at the time Windoze and MS-DOS didn't do TCP/IP, and that it
would be used to install all the nifty Windows NT software that the
MAXine would run.

> Hum. To me, that sounds *exactly*like the currently-recommended
> diskful install procedure: get a diskimage from the distribution
> materials, dd it to the start of a disk, and then boot that disk on a
> pmax.  Ted's suggestion doesn't seem to offer anything at all, except
> providing all the distribution materials on a CD.  Which I'm sure
> other people are doing already
> Am I missing something obvious?

I don't know.   The current thing seems not to work for a lot of
people, for reasons I don't understand.   If a CD-ROM makes it easier,
cool.   I don't particularly care if it makes sense.