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. > GSOC2009 ?