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Re: Booting to floppy



On Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 07:18:14PM -0500, John Anthony Kazos Jr. wrote:
> Why can't we just use a Disk Tools floppy or something to run that
> m68k booting app? (The Debian version of BootX, I forgot the name.) That's
> what I'm planning to do anyway, within a few days...taking the minimal
> System/Finder from the Net Install floppy (the README that comes with it
> spefically talks about those files' minimalness) and do the following.

debian can't use MacOS startup disks since MacOS is non-free and
non-distributable.  debian already has a `miboot' floppy which uses a
special bootloader designed to look like MacOS to the hardware ROM.
this is what the boot-hfs.img floppy is.  it boots on any oldworld
PowerPC.  (it could probably be made to work on 68K macs without that
much effort).  

the only problem with the current incarnation of this floppy is it
boots, and prompts for the ramdisk but the keyboard doesn't work so
you can't press enter to make the kernel continue booting.  (Dan and
others have been trying to fix this)  

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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