John Nilsson john at
Tue Nov 22 05:43:47 CST 2005

On Mon, 2005-11-21 at 14:35 -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 06:57:31PM +0100, John Nilsson wrote:
> > IMHO, what medium to boot from should be answered by the boot loader not
> > by initramfs.

Hmm, I see now that it was incredibly stupid of me to phrase that as I
did. I wasn't referring to some bootloader mechanics. I was thinking of
the parameter line supplied to the kernel as a result of the user
choosing what to boot.

> The specification of the root device (by the bootloader) and the hardware
> detection necessary to mount it (by initramfs) are separate issues.

What I was trying to say is that there is no need for hardware detection
if we can say from the beginning what hardware is needed. Which we
should be able to if can say what partition is needed.

A liveCD or USB based system must of course be able to boot on unknown
hardware. But even in these installation we must make assumptions of
what CPU we run.

I just fail to see the reason to make all ubuntu users suffer from
hardware ignorance. If I move my hd into another computer I'd expect
trouble. If the result was just a slower boot the first time, that would
be great.


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