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Re: MIPS Kernel size

To: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>
Subject: Re: MIPS Kernel size
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@linux-mips.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 20:46:22 +0100
Cc: Karsten Merker <karsten@excalibur.cologne.de>, Linux/MIPS Development <linux-mips@linux-mips.org>
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On Mon, Feb 02, 2004 at 08:38:18PM +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:

> a few years ago...
> 
> Fortunately, system size is still important for some applications. Witness the
> existence of a System Size Working Group in the CE Linux Forum. So yes, some
> people still care.

All but one of the new MIPS systems I got in the past years support memory
sizes in the GB range ...

> > The Cobalt case is special; it's firmware could almost be the definition
> > of the term crap ...
> 
> Can't you use the firmware to load a second stage booter, which can load
> larger kernels?

That would be possible - but would still leave all the other limitations
of the original firmware such as not supporting netboots.  Peter Horten
seem to have worked on something better.

  Ralf

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