Re: APEX and Debian
On Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 01:26:23AM +0200, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Marc Singer <email@example.com> [2006-07-19 14:30]:
> > My goal is to make APEX a reasonable replacement for Redboot. Once
> > we have an ethernet driver, we can work out the upgrade details such
> > that there is nothing that Redboot does that APEX cannot do as well
> > or do better.
> For the record, we'll probably never *replace* RedBoot because
> flashing something over RedBoot has the potential to brick your
> machine. However, it's certainly a great goal to have networking and
> other features in APEX so we can simply use RedBoot to load APEX and
> then use the latter to do the real work.
...whoever 'we' is...
I'm aware that there will probably never be a Debian policy of
replacing Redboot. At this point, there isn't an alternative with
equivalent features, so discussions of replacing Redboot have been
moot. But there is a need since there are some projects that replace
the manufacturer's boot loader due to exigencies of the platform.
There is a lot of room for improvement on Redboot and having a good
alternative may encourage some people who wish they had something
better to replace it. I use APEX on my Slugs because of the long
boot-time. APEX brings the system up in about 10 seconds. Redboot
takes almost a minute, IIRC.
> Martin Michlmayr