Remaining issues for the multi desktop DVD

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Thu Jan 13 18:22:03 UTC 2011

On 1/13/11 6:49 AM, Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-01-12 at 13:36 -0800, Jesse Keating wrote:
>> On 1/12/11 1:16 PM, David Riches wrote:
>>> Purely out of curiosity (and my involvement in multiboot-media- 
>>> creator) any chance of specifics where the box would not boot from the  
>>> cd with grub, but would when it was installed?
>>> Our testing with mmc hasn't shown this behavior is all, so I would  
>>> appreciate more info
>>> Thanks in advance
>> Hrm, apparently my memory is failing me.  Nobody else remembers doing
>> the grub on a CD test way back when, but they all seem to indicate that
>> it is a bad idea with grub(1), and grub2 is just too untested.
> Remember, this isn't a CD medium. It's of a size that's only going to
> fit on a dual-layer DVD or a USB stick. So the relevant scenarios are
> not 'any system with an optical drive' but 'systems likely to have
> dual-layer capable DVD drives' (or, I guess, BD drives) and USB booting,
> which is I believe rather different from CD/DVD booting?

More hair splitting?  Booting a DVD is really no different from booting
a CD.  Given that the main drive of this proposal is to have something
to hand out at shows, and we've already determined that USB devices are
too expensive, that would mean we'd be handing out spinning media, which
all boot the same way.

While it's true that USB boots differently than CD/DVD/DualLayer
DVD/Bluray/etc, that does not seem to be the main target of this iso set.

So when I say grub on a CD, that goes for grub on any modern day
rotating optical media.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!

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