Re: Kernel itself is part of the bootloader?

Date: 2011-09-21 07:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
https://lwn.net/Articles/458789/ has some ideas around that, specifically:

Harald had a proposal for improving the situation: rather than add complexity to boot loaders in an attempt to keep up with the kernel, why not just boot a simple generic Linux kernel and let it deal with the rest? His idea is to create a /firstboot directory with a simple filesystem and populate it with a single Linux kernel and an initramfs image whose sole purpose is to find the real kernel and boot that. This kernel will naturally understand Linux filesystems, and it will support a user space with enough power to run whatever scripts are needed to find other bootable images on the system. Meanwhile, the initial boot loader can be made to be as simple as possible and distributions can stop messing with the MBR.
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