andy at warmcat.com
Fri Sep 8 07:49:43 UTC 2006
> Has anyone out there installed linux into their flash ROM for better
> booting? Just curious :)
Yes... in fact this was how the first Linux ran on the Xbox.
But there are drawbacks for desktop use. You have to bring up the
motherboard like the old BIOS did before running Linux, that means
specific support is needed for your motherboard. If it is listed here
then fine, otherwise you are looking at a lot of work for uncertain
benefit. Typically the initscripts are taking much more time than
grabbing the kernel from HDD and getting through that part of the boot.
With a Fedora kernel, you need some space for the initrd. Updating your
kernel no longer fits into the Fedora model either.
Better solution for fast boot, try hibernate. On current development
kernels, Hibernate is working on this laptop for the first time and it
is a very nice improvement.
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