[haiku] Re: (irrelevant) on windows?

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 1:05 AM, François Revol <revol@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >Well there is some support in the bootloader for searching the
>> > image,
>> >but we still miss a driver to make it usable by the kernel.
>>
>> >It's not that useless, some people might still want to be able to
>> > use
>> >it on disks with no free partition and no usb connector or CD
>> > drive...
>>
>> I don't think that it would be useless at all! :-) I just said that
>> it
>> isn't technically possible to do what Be did - IIRC, there was an
>> icon you
>> could double click which would reboot the machine into BeOS. That XP
>> and
>> Vista won't allow. :-)
>
> Yes, because Win9x allowed apps to take over the system, while NT
> enforces process restrictions.
>
>> Is it technically possible to store a disk image on NTFS
>>  and boot from it given a boot menu? That I don't know - I would
>> think
>> that the disk image wouldn't be contiguous on disk, necessarily, so I
>> would think that you would have to deal with that somehow in the
>> kernel, which would be ugly.
>
> That's exactly what R5 did, it just had zbeos repackaged as a .exe to
> trash the DOS and hand over, but the image was still as a file on a FAT
> or ext2 and not necessarily contiguous.
> This was handled with a fmap driver.
>
> The only difference is we'll have to handle the XP boot menu or the
> Vista one which is different, but it's possible to add entries to it to
> do that.
>

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