> On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:29 PM, Urias McCullough < > umccullough@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 4:23 PM, Michael Crawford < > > mdcrawford@xxxxxxxxx> > > wrote: > >> > >> It shouldn't be hard to add support for such images to the various > >> Open Source VMs; one of us could do it and submit patches to each > > > of > >> the VM projects. > > > > I would think VMs would the the last place we really care about for > > real > > Haiku usage. It's only convenient at the moment for testing/ > > development, but > > I don't know a lot of people chomping at the bit to run Haiku in a > > VM rather > > than real physical hardware. First and foremost, we need a format > > that can > > be booted on almost all cd-bootable hardware out there (ISO-9660+El > > -Torito > > comes to mind), and secondly, it should be easy to burn using > > nearly any cd > > burning software a user might be using (again, ISO+El-Torito comes > > to mind). > > In the end, it seems there's really only one real logical choice... > > > > Pulling the iso9660 filesystem into the bootloader and letting it > find > an IMAGE.BE (or whatever its name is decided upon being) on the CD? > Seems it should be the same concept as loading from FAT; except maybe > a cd-specific bootloader that first looks on the CD for the image > file > before anywhere else. Absolutely no need for a specific bootloader, it just needs ISO support. CDs are already made in a specific way, the bootloader is put on a floppy image along with a gzipped tar of the required modules. That doesn't need to change, just put the image along with it in the ISO. Axel wants an attribute layer to be able to boot from ISO natively, the API exists but well it's not yet written. So meanwhile it should be doable to go the image way. François.