Re: APEX and Debian
On Sun, Jul 16, 2006 at 03:12:32AM +0200, Kevin Price wrote:
> Thanks a lot for nslu2-utils. I think that most users prefer not to flash the
> slug too often, just like I. I know that flash EEPROMS cannot stand infinetely
> many flashes
Well, intel promises 100K minimum erase cycles for the flash chips in
slug, so I wouldn't be overly worried.
> and I know that if I flash something bad then my slug goes to
Technically flashing something bad should not take your slug
to NAS-heaven. nslu2-utils does not touch redboot, and thus
if you flash a bad kernel+initramfs you should still have
redboot console available.
However a bug in any of the tools in the flashing chain that
would cause wrong flash blocks getting overwritten could indeed
brick it, so some carefulness is a good idea..
> Are you convinced that most users think like I do or should I write more arguments?
Adding usb and mass storage support to a bootloader would be a
massive job. Maybe kexec on arm would be a better way to pursue
loading kernel from HD. Thus there would be a minimal kernel on
flash, and a initramfs dedicated to finding and kexecing
the "real" kernel from HD.