Re: [POSSIBLE GRAVE SECURITY HOLD]
On Wed, Feb 02, 2000 at 11:26:19AM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> Pierre Beyssac <email@example.com> writes:
> > - what is the purpose, in terms of system usability, of
> > this MBR, other than bypassing BIOS and Lilo controls,
> > which hardly qualifies by my book?
> Uhmm, is this not inherently obvious? If you don't want LILO in the
> MBR, then you have to have SOMETHING there to boot the box. Not
> everyone had DOS on the machine previously.
> What about thsoe that don't use LILO? Maybe they use syslinux or some
What does that have to do with the installation defaults? The
installation defaults to lilo+mbr, not lilo+syslinux. You have yet to
answer why lilo+mbr is better in the general case than lilo alone. Note
that people with a reason to install mbr can do so later. Note also that
the system must be bootable somehow *or they couldn't be running the
install* -- so you obviously don't ned mbr to boot the box, regardless
of your assertion above.