On 6/19/07, Mark Glassberg <vzeeaxwl@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have no experience with lilo and only a little with grub. Also, I never used the windows nt file system. Most of my experience is with loadlin, much of it with loop devices on single hard disk systems, in order to avoid possible repartitioning problems. So, when I realized that open firmware can read msdos disks, I wondered if a loop device based slackintosh was possible.
ok, dos disk can be read both by osx, linux and windows. the main problem in "loop booting" powerpc linux off a file is that yaboot needs a special 512K boot partion. people who are afraid of ruining their main osx installation often create it on an external mac formatted firewire drive and install linux on it, see: http://hansmi.ch/articles/boot-linux-from-firewire this solution will save your main disk but will stop you from easily sharing the device, as it's mac formatted and dos/windows may have trouble accessing it. at this point, the only solution is booting off a minimalistic livecd which mounts the external drive, mount the loop image and pivot the root into it. it will be only a couple of MB but you've to create it from scratch (you can take a look at slax and linux-live rc scripts). with this solution you can save your disks partitions (as cd booting is directly handled by open firmware) and still be able to access your disks from any os (as you're no longer required to mac-format it) happy hacking ;-) -- Marco Bonetti Slackintosh Linux Project Developer: http://www.slackintosh.org Linux-live for powerpc: http://www.slackintosh.org/pub/rsync/mb/linux-live My webstuff: http://sidbox.homelinux.org My GnuPG key id: 0x86A91047