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Re: APUS Debian Boot-Floppies Images and bugs

On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 04:23:38PM +0200, Sven LUTHER wrote:
> > 
> > not that i can think of.  certainly boot-programs (such as the
> > APUS/AF-booter (by Mr Duncan ) need MUI libraries, but the plain
> > boothack/bootstrap for APUS just needs powerpc.library, which is in ROM
I don't use APUS, plain old A2k. AFAIK amiboot needs some AOS libraries,
> If nothing did change since potato, boot floppies are non free anyway.
Um, the lha code was removed long ago. m68k is not the reason for bf to be
non-free. Is it still? BTW, it was in contrib...
> > > Can all hardware already be set up by the kernel?
> > 
> > almost all supported stuff...the only main exception that rings alarm
> > bells in my head is the CyverVision3D - doesnt this have to be initialised
> > to the resolution you want under workbench before laucnhing into APU - or
> > is this now fixed?
CV3D works, at least from the m68k kernel images. Ken did not officially
release the source yet (are you listeing?), but the lastet driver works on
ZorroII (and probably on Zorro3, since he did it).
> > theres no issue of copyright with bootable floppies. PD software has been
> > on such things for years.  I guess as a last resort we can create a
> > bootable emegency floppy, compact it into ADF format and then it can go
> > onto the CD - and users can make it themselves from under AmigaOS with
> > transADF and the like?
You did not get my point... if you need linux to write the linux
boot-floppy, you alread have linux installed, so what? If you need AOS to
write the floppy, you already have AOS installed, so just double click on the
StartInstall Icon. SO WHAT? It does not work from a PC, unless you have a
special controller, and it will give you no improvement when you do it on an
amiga. Don't tell me you could need a rescue floppy, you can always use
StartInstall to get a rescue system up (unless you trash your AOS disk, but
you mount them read-only, so its not going to happen). I do not see any
benefit from bootable floppies for amigas. I can already hear the users
screaming "your floppy does not work on my system"... but if somebody else
is going to put that into bf, document it and take all the hits from the
users, youre welcome.
> why not a plain gzipped tarball or lha archive ?
How do you write the bootblock with tar? Or lha? Only ADF, DMS and similar
would work.


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