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Re: *BSD port of debian potentially easier than Hurd portRe: [Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns

On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 12:29:27AM -0800, Jonathan Walther wrote:
> > Note you might have to build your Linux system on a UFS drive to do this
> > safely/sanely, but it's doable at least and the result would still be
> > cool.  =>
> No no no, I really want to be able to switch to BSD on my CURRENT ext2
> partitions.  the BSD kernel has ext2 support already... Can't it boot off an
> ext2 partition?  The whole 'wow, cool' thing about it is having BOTH
> systems... just flipping between em with a simple command.  No scrounging
> around with separate partitions...  I'd like the "BSD-kernel dependant"
> stuff to just be alternatives that we flip between, and the packages go in
> debian-i386.

If it can then no worries..  However if it can't, Linux will boot off
UFS.  In fact, Linux can boot off anything with sufficient permissions,
ownerships, and filenames..

> Later on, a port that used UFS for the base filesystem would be cool too.
> In fact, if our bootdisks had the tools to make such partitions, and the
> kernel included the support, Im sure we could make our Debian GNU/Linux
> system run on UFS by default, or be user selectable.  THAT would be cool.

You might be able to make a bootdisk that installed UFS by default
actually.  It would not be nice on a 1.44 floppy (unless we start
building syslinux with bzip2 support) to offer both on the same floppy

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