Re: Debian-installer, older hardware, boot loaders, miboot & amiboot & ..
On Sun, Mar 28, 2004 at 12:48:49PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Sven Luther wrote:
> >Also, this pose the problem of various bootloaders for other, especially
> >older hardware. I know that at least the amiga/m68k and amiga/powerpc
> >variant depend on the amiboot/apusboot bootloader, which altough GPLed,
> >can only be built with the free gcc toolchain on amiga OS, probably
> >linking to some non-free system libraries there, not sure as those might
> >be part of the rom.
> The only "interesting" libraries amiboot links against are in the ROM,
> so actually fall under the system library exemption in a way that we can
> use for once.
Yeah, i was thinking about the library used by apusboot to initialize
the ppc processor from the m68k side. But not sure, maybe this one is in
the flash rom, don't remember exactly.
Still you would build depend on this, so accordying to the current
definition, it has to go into contrib, and thus cannot be depended on by
debian-installer's build system, which is in main.