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From: Collins Richey <erichey2@××××.com>
To: gentoo <gentoo-dev@g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Comments on the new "from source" (build) CD Installation page
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2001 18:11:04
1 Congratulations on a fine document. I like the new style - finally a
2 date last updated!!!
4 Having installed and worked with _rc5 and various other distros in the
5 past few months, I've come across one glitch in the otherwise letter
6 perfect installation process - the grub vs. lilo issue.
8 I (and perhaps others in your audience) have a multi-boot machine.
9 I'm currently running from a jblinux distro while waiting for _rc6 to
10 jell, although I still boot from _rc5 from time to time. jblinux is
11 probably the only distro to offer an XFS file system. Unfortunately
12 the good folks at grub have never heard of XFS, so lilo is the only
13 way to boot from an XFS partition. You should offer lilo as an
14 alternative, or at least warn people that it may not be a good thing
15 to write grub to their mbr, if they have other bootable distros to
16 worry about.
18 The thing I like most about lilo is that a simple change to
19 boot=/dev/fd0 will create a boot floppy so that you don't have to
20 worry about messing with your normal boot setup until you know the new
21 _rc6 system is stable. It's more complicated, but doable, to create a
22 grub boot floppy, but that would also be an alternative.
24 Just my $.02.
26 --
27 Collins Richey
28 Denver Area
29 jblinux 2.2 xfce sylpheed opera