AMD64 boot floppies

Markus Trippelsdorf markus at
Wed Jan 4 09:24:43 PST 2006

On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 10:12:46AM -0700, Scott Long wrote:
> Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> >On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 07:59:08AM -0800, Roger Marquis wrote:
> >
> >>Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> >>
> >>>When I upgraded my old Celeron box a year ago, I had to buy a CDROM
> >>>burner, so that I could burn the install CD for my new machine. Since
> >>>than it is sitting idle in its slot.
> >>
> >>You could also have purchased a USB-CD-RW or USB-DVD-RW.
> >
> >
> >Sure, but the point is that I don't need any kind of burner.
> >
> >
> >>The problem with floppies is their A) tendency to develop bad
> >>sectors, and B) increasing rarity.  The lines of code needed for a
> >>boot floppy would be much better spent on other bootable media,
> >>Flash, DVD, etc, all of which would have larger and more
> >>appreciative audiences.
> >
> >
> >The infrastructure to automatically produce the boot floppies is
> >already there. All that is needed, is the short patch from John to
> >turn it on. 
> >BTW I tested the floppies today and everything is working without any
> >problem.
> >
> Ah, so you built a release with John's patch, and the result works?


> If so, we might as well commit it.  How many floppies were generated?

Four floppies: boot and kern1-3.
(I used RELEASETAG=RELENG_6 for the build)

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