[Sugar-devel] Progress with SoaS boot-helper
lucian.branescu at gmail.com
Fri May 29 11:24:14 EDT 2009
Last time I tried, GRUB on EFI could not initialise hardware
accelerated video drivers (my nvidia driver). GRUB on emulated BIOS
I just got my laptop back, I should be able to test this as well.
2009/5/29 Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com>:
> On a related subject, I am also actively researching Mac USB boot
> methods. A few weeks ago an Ubuntu developer posted
> (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=995704&page=77) a "fat" .EFI
> boot file compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel Macs. Ubuntu
> has a useful matrix of compatible Macs at
> There are other possibilities too, such as:
> And, GRUB info for booting Linux on Mac:
> http://grub.enbug.org/TestingOnEFI also
> To my mind, it's worth investigating these solutions (based on a
> clickable icon OSX bash script on the SoaS USB stick, containing the
> bless command but requiring admin rights) since the result will be
> very easy to use and won't touch the hard disk.
> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 4:49 PM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 21:23, Luke Faraone <luke at faraone.cc> wrote:
>>> 2009/5/28 Caroline Meeks <solutiongrove at gmail.com>
>>>> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 5:28 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Luke, can you point us to a link where we can learn more about what
>>>>> you are trying to accomplish?
>>>> I think this is Ticket 598 to support the Gardner Pilot. the use case is
>>> Yes, that's an accurate description of the goals for this project.
>>> An installable boot helper would provide functionality not avaliable in a
>>> normal boot-helper ISO, namely increasing boot time (time between a student
>>> inserting a SoaS stick and getting up and running) in addition to less
>>> down-time in between switches (as the machine would be able switch to
>>> another user/SoaS stick without rebooting).
>>> It would also be trivial to enable features such as on-server backups, live
>>> SoaS upgrades and repairs, and centralized administration by the IT staff.
>>> The boot-helper is related to a new installer method for this reason: our
>>> current method of formatting and installing SoaS on USB sticks cannot be
>>> read by the boot-helper. LVM snapshots are difficult to read outside of the
>>> context (in this case the kernel used in SoaS) in which they were created.
>>> Therefore, I suggested that we simply have raw EXT3/whatever on the flash
>>> drive, and mount them directly rather than using LVM.
>> Sounds very good, do we have a timeframe already for testing the first
>> results from this project?
>>> Luke Faraone
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