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Re: Bits from the debian-cd team; more CD/DVDs being built regularly

On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 08:34:18PM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 06:21:45PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> >On Sun, Dec 24, 2006 at 05:19:03AM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> >> m68k (first 6 sectors)
> >> ====
> >> bytes 000-12288 - hfs map (no obvious way to co-exist)
> >
> >Are we actually doing some special magic with our m68k images currently?
> >If so, for what reason? Is it to boot the machine, or just so that it
> >looks good in MacOS?
> >
> >If the former, we should probably stop that; there's no way an m68k mac
> >is going to boot Linux from CD-ROM without non-free bits until emile has
> >a free reimplementation of a CDROM driver for macs (yes, that would be
> >required).
> >
> >Obviously, if we're only trying to make it look good under MacOS then
> >there's no reason to stop doing that :)
> To be perfectly honest, I'm not 100% sure exactly what the boot-m68k
> script does for mac. <pause>
> Looking, I don't see anything useful in terms of booting. However,
> using the HFS hybrid format will mean that (hopefully) whatever docs
> etc. are shipped on the CD will be readable easily on the mac
> too.

Yes, that's probably right; whenever I open a Debian/m68k CDROM under
MacOS, it looks (somewhat) proper.

> Otherwise, AFAICS the m68k is set up to be bootable on amiga and
> bvme6000.
> If there's anything that should be changed here, please dive in... :-)

No, the above seems correct. EMILE has support for CD booting, but that
requires some code from MacOS which AFAWK can't even be in non-free (let
alone on official Debian CD images).

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