cvs commit: src/release Makefile

Sergey Babkin babkin at
Wed Feb 1 05:09:16 PST 2006

>From: Peter Jeremy <peterjeremy at>

>Some time ago, I was surprised to find that my son's oldish (mid 2003)
>system was happy to try and boot off a USB memory stick.

The BIOSes have been able to do this feat for a while now. There are two caveats though:

1. It's slow, since BIOSes tend to use USB 1.x speeds,
and even that not in a really fast way. So the big
images are best to be avoided. Though probably it's 
still faster than floppies.

2. Accessing the root filesystem - the USB drivers
have to be either statically compiled into the
kernel or be loaded by the boot loader through BIOS
(maybe through an analog of initrd ram disk - I'm
not sure what advances have been done to the FreeBSD
boot loader nowadays).


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