[Grml] Re: Chainboot Cheatcode

Mark or2uvma02 at sneakemail.com
Tue Nov 29 23:20:59 CET 2005

> You mean, that the CD should only work as a bootstrap?
> For which purpose? In other words: Which advantages do you see in such a
> solution?

The purpose/advantage is to make portable USB hard drives and USB flash
sticks even *more* portable - able to boot the systems lacking BIOS

The CD should continue working as always (same old GRML), but with an
added cheatcode to "pivot root" to an attached USB device.  See for
example http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Pivot_Root_Install

A lot of live-CDs are doing persistent home, compressed user desktop
archives, etc. to imitate a real hard drive effect from CD-ROM.  These
tricks are great.  But a USB hard drive is a real hard drive, so there's
no need to imitate.  The only remaining problem is how to boot from USB
devices.  Some machines can, some can't.  But all can boot CDs.  So, use
the CD to help the USB boot for machines that need help.

thank you

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