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Re: Usage of isolinux on the beta CDs

Le Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 04:29:25PM -0500, Joey Hess écrivait:
> > I have just tried it and it works, even though the setup for
> > syslinux should be changed a bit to include the help screens and all that,
> > this should be done in debian-installer, as it is d-i who makes that image.
> There are several advantages to having the syslinux help be part of d-i,
> including letting us reuse the same material for syslinux help on the
> boot floppy. What would be a good way for us to distribute the help
> texts so debian-cd could use them on the d-i cdroms?

We don't need syslinux help files AFAIK. Syslinux is "integrated" into
the boot image that you provide us.

> > > Maybe we could put isolinux on the *second* CD, with eventually an
> > > initrd that supports SCSI cdroms.
> > 
> > That sounds fine with me if it is ok to drop the net initrd from the booting
> > options of the cds.
> > 
> > Well, I don't know  what else to say, in the full cd set we really can have
> > different booting methods, one on each cd, the important thing is to decide
> > what do we put on the netinst/bussinesscard cds and also how do we order the
> > methods in the full cd set.
> I think that the main problem from the d-i team's perspective is that
> all the daily cds and the cds for beta 1 use isolinux. So when users
> come to us who cannot boot from isolinux, we have no alternative except
> boot floppies or the monthly full cd builds. Any approach that provides
> at least one netinst cd without isolinux on it would be a help to this
> situation.

Why did we use isolinux ? Because we wanted that most people could
install Debian with the first CD ... and to cover all users we had to
have several kernels, one generic and one more SCSI oriented (called
"compact" at that time).

If you tell me "we support all users with a single kernel/initrd" then
fine ... I'll remove isolinux but if you tell me that we have to keep
several kernels/initrd then I want to have those several kernel/initrd 
on the same netinst cd and I'll keep isolinux.

We did tests last year before going on with isolinux and it was
supported by most of the hardware. The few failures were on old
hardware where they could fall back to another CD from the full CD set.

But if you really need a netinst CD without isolinux, it's of course doable.

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