Bug#417279: etch installation report
* Frans Pop [2007-04-09 23:13:25 +0200]:
> On Monday 09 April 2007 22:53, Sergio Gelato wrote:
> > According to
> > http://www.novell.com/documentation/zlm72/lm7admin/data/b3r865p.html
> > some of the "boot to utility partition" functionality relies on special
> > features of Dell's MBR; however, the partition can also be booted from
> > GRUB just like any other DOS partition.
> Thanks! From that info it looks as if the partition can just be
> chainloaded even if grub is installed in the MBR. It should be relatively
> simple to add detection for this in os-prober.
> Could you test this if we implement it?
I can't make any promises. We don't buy Dell gear every day, and
historically I've tended to install Debian using FAI rather than
d-i. This was an exception since I haven't had time to update my
FAI config for etch but the machine's NIC (Broadcom 5754) required
a 2.6.17 or newer kernel. I may switch to d-i with preseeding at
some point, but I don't know when.
Of course one can make a partial test, running the prober by itself and
printing out what would have been done, in which case yes, I do have a
number of systems with 0xde partitions this could be tried on.