Remaining issues for the multi desktop DVD

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Jan 13 19:32:58 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:22:03AM -0800, Jesse Keating wrote:
> 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.
I didn't read this as hair splitting.  Adam seemed to be refering to the age
of the machines that are going to be targeted with this image vs the age of
the machines that were involved in the grub1 tests "way back when".  As
booting is highly BIOS dependent, the old test results might no longer

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