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Re: MIPS Kernel size

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Subject: Re: MIPS Kernel size
From: Peter Horton <pdh@colonel-panic.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 22:29:47 +0000
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On Mon, Feb 02, 2004 at 08:38:18PM +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> 
> > 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?
> 

Yes, but you still have to maintain a old style EXT2 partition just for
the firmware.

Besides, after a while your second stage loader starts to look like a
boot loader anyway, once you've added network booting of large kernels,
kernel command line support and the other things the original firmware
was missing.

P.

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