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Re: lilo about to be dropped?

On Tue, 2009-04-07 at 13:06 -0300, Otavio Salvador wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:21 PM, William Pitcock
> <nenolod@sacredspiral.co.uk> wrote:
> > Lilo upstream is dead (no release in quite a while), but the lilo
> > maintainer has also been seen as saying in various mailing lists etc,
> > that since Debian patches lilo that he has no interest in helping to fix
> > problems in our version.
> Ok but you could try to push those patches upstream. This is how
> grub has been improved and also parted. This works most of time.
> This way we "reduce" the amount of patches we keep in Debian
> and also you could try to get in touch with other distros to share
> the load and avoid reworking at same things.

lilo is officially unmaintained now. The canonical website of lilo now
points to a 404 error page, see http://lilo.go.dyndns.org/ .

So at this point, our only option seems to be taking over upstream lilo
maintainance ourselves (which could be a good thing in some ways, I am
not denying that), or find a way to transition these use-cases to

However, if we are to maintain lilo ourselves, then we need to flesh out
exactly what usecases we're going to be using it for. 

I recommend if we go that route that we come up with a list of
improvements that we want to see and get to hacking. If some of the
people who like lilo a lot got around to helping with a fork, we could
create a much less buggy bootloader than the current lilo.

Alternatively, we can just leave it and let it become another XMMS. I
don't like this solution very much.


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