Re: Definition of _boot_
On Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 11:11:08PM +0200, Svante Signell wrote:
> On Sun, 2012-04-29 at 21:52 +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 09:51:37PM +0200, Svante Signell wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > In line with the recent discussion, lets aim at defining what _boot_ is:
> > [...]
> > No, let's not. Beyond RAM, CPU, IRQ controllers and timers (all
> > of which are part of the kernel's early initialisation) pretty
> > much all of this varies from system to system and potentialy from
> > boot to boot.
> I'd assume that. Thank you.
> > Further, if I normally log in to my laptop through gdm then gdm most
> > certainly is part of the boot process *on that laptop*. And if I set
> > up a Debian-based system as a web kiosk, starting the web browser is
> > also part of the boot process *on that system*.
> Then why can't we define what _boot_ is then? Single user, multi-user,
> desktop, laptop, server, with or without X (soon wayland) etc?
Ignoring special boot modes for the moment, the system is booted when
its usual services are available. Exactly what those usual services
are is determined by package selection and local configuration. We
cannot make an exhaustive definition.
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
- Albert Camus