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Bug#46533: Let's make non-syslinux rescue floppies available, too.

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 2.1.9
Severity: wishlist

It would be nice if we could supply several flavors of rescue floppy with
each Debian release. So people who have problems with the standard
syslinux-based floppy can try other alternatives, such as direct kernel boot
from floppy. 

Here's the motivation: I have seen at least two motherboards that don't like
the standard rescue floppy supplied with slink. This one uses "syslinux".
One recent example is documented in my response to bug 45507. When I make a
rescue floppy using an alternative boot method, e.g. "kernel", with the
"mkrboot" tool, I find that it works fine on these motherboards. This
alternative rescue floppy uses the same kernel and "root.bin" as the
standard syslinux-based floppy. Only the boot method is different.  

I suspect these problems have nothing to do with "syslinux" and everything
to do with quirky BIOS drivers. In any case, supplying alternative rescue
floppies may benefit some people who are bringing up Debian for the first
time. It's possible they don't have access to another system running Linux,
so they can't be expected to cook their own rescue floppy.

- Ganesh.

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