New feature specifications: install without configuring the BIOS

Forest Bond forest at
Wed Oct 18 19:07:17 BST 2006

On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 04:04:01PM +0200, Jordi Massaguer wrote:
> > > You could modify the Master Boot Record, but that
> > is,
> > > IMHO, more destructive.
> > 
> > Why is loadlin no longer an option?
> I do not think that is the point. Either Loadlin must
> be installed at the Master Boot Record or boot.ini
> must be edited and loadlin installed at c: . So the
> problems are the same.

Actually, loadlin is not an MBR boot loader, it is a DOS executable that boots a
linux kernel directly from DOS/Windows.  No modifications need be made to the
currently installed OS or the MBR.

You might want to read the wikipedia page on the subject (which is why I had
originally posted a link):

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