Re: why not kernel images and other tools?
In message <[🔎] firstname.lastname@example.org> you wrote:
> > ==> U-Boot
> That's not an overly helpful answer. As Wookey as pointed out, there
> are many bootloaders, and u-boot certainly doesn't work on more than a
> large subset of ARM and other embedded platforms. u-boot doesn't know
There are not many boot loaders that support such a wide range of
different architectures (PowerPC, ARM, MIPS, ColdFire, NIOS, ...). At
the moment U-Boot comes with default configurations for about 200
different board, including 29 ARM boards (not counting boards which
come in different configurations).
> how to access disks (last time I looked) for example, which is where
> some systems keep their kernels.
U-Boot supports IDE/ATA disks, CompactFlash cards, Memory Sticks,
PCMCIA cards, USB Memory Sticks, etc. - you name it.
> Furthermore, AFAICT, u-boot isn't packaged for Debian, so I'm not sure
> of what you're trying to claim here.
Here you are correct. U-Boot is not packaged for Debian.
You wrote: "There might be a call for a monolithic ARM boolloader". I
just wanted to point out that U-Boot has been successfully in use for
exactly this purpose for a long, long time.
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