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Re: Debian-installer, older hardware, boot loaders, miboot & amiboot & ..

Maybe we could get the boot-sector code declared "OK to use" by Apple?

It would be a "hack the system" kind of thing, but I suppose technically they wouldn't have to release the copyright on the source code for the boot sector, just the derived sequence of binary bits.

Indeed, Apple may have already done so. I believe they allow free download of the MacOS 7.x floppy images.

It's just a thought...


On Sunday, March 28, 2004, at 02:16 AM, Sven Luther wrote:


  2) a small file, the boot1 macos ressource, a 1K boot-sector to be
  copied to the floppy boot sector, is taken from the mac os system
  file. This is non-free, binary only, altough, well, the file in
  question only contains some ROM calls to initialize HFS, and load the
  boot2, open the mac os system file, and load boot2, which is provided
  by the GPL-free part of miboot mentioned above.

[ Please CC me or keep the debian-boot CCed, as i am not subscribed to
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