Can't Boot Without Boot Disk--Bios Hosed?
WitlessIdiot at triad.rr.com
Tue Jan 13 10:30:06 PST 2009
Greg van Slageren wrote:
> Hi Wit,
> 'bootit ng' is similar to OS/2's boot manager in that it resides
> in its own single track partition (8MB). Its not a Linux package
> and probably would not interest those who prefer to maintain a 100%
> Linux system. As such it probably should not be discussed here. But...
Well, LFS is really a "Linux/GNU" system, IIRC. Since much more than the
kernel is involved in a system, there is no "pure" Linux system. So
discussion of anything that gets things going seems appropriate to me.
Plus, "Your system ..." also allows for that.
> Since I deal with several different os's (Linux and non-Linux) on my pc,
> i use this as a single solution to my boot and backup/restore process.
> Once i've selected which Linux partition to boot, the Linux grub loader
> goes through its standard process within that partition, to load and start
> the kernel. The advantage of this is that each os is installed and maintained
> within its own partition(s) and no OS touchs the MBR as this is maintaind by
> bootit ng. Many os's 'fight' over the management of the MBR and as such
> cause many problems for beginners.
Geez. Sounds so rational, there must be something wrong with that
OH! I know what it is. It fails to satisfy the "bigot" gene. UNIX
bigots, Linux bigots, ... will all have objections to it.
> My pc looks like:
> hda1 bootit ng 8Mb
> hda2 eCom Station (OS/2) 2Gb
> hda3 QNX 2Gb
> hda4 XP 60Gb
> hdb1 Linux LFS 6.4 20Gb
> hdb2 Linux OpenSuse 11.1 20Gb
> hdb3 Linux LFS/BLFS 6.3 20Gb
> hdb4 Linux Swap 4Mb
> For those who prefer to remain 100% Linux then GParted is probably the better
> option. As it can be built along the standard BLFS process.
IIRC, it's not Linux, but GNU? I've not looked for a long time, so I
might be wrong.
> As for the learning curve it is fairly simple to setup and use. Have a look at
I'm gonna do it. I'm getting ready to convert my laptop and I'd like to
keep a _small_ Winblows on it for various reasons. Bootit ng sounds like
it will fit the bill.
Before anyone jumps in and hollers that I can do it with Grub and LILO,
I know. I'm very comfortable with both and in a prior LFS life had
multiple versions of LFS and Windows bootable from any HD on the
systems. But it did take a little work and a lot of care when making
changes. Bootit ng sounds superior.
Thank you Greg for the time you've taken to discuss this.
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