[Coco] Coco Digest, Vol 49, Issue 20
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Sun Aug 5 22:27:10 EDT 2007
> Message: 11
> Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 17:56:00 -0400
> From: Robert Gault <robert.gault at worldnet.att.net>
> Subject: Re: [Coco] NitrOS-9 instant boot CoCo
> To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco at maltedmedia.com>
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> The "problem" with booting from a ROM as Roger asks rather
> than a hard
> drive, is that you are locked into at least a specific kernel. That
> means cobbler and os9gen have lost some of their usefulness. It is
> important to be able to make changes to the core
> OS-9/NitrOS-9 modules
> at will as needed without needing to burn a new EPROM.
> Using a CF card more easily reloaded with new code should
> be just as
> good as booting from hard drive directly.
> At the moment the size of a typical NitrOS-9 OS9Boot file
> plus kernel
> is about 12.5K. It would certainly fit into a ROM. However,
> if you plan
> to include the CMDS directory as well, forget it!
> It is not enough to load just the OS9Boot file to run OS-9.
> You also
> need all of the commands and software. Where would they be
> without some
> type of drive system unless you use a very large CF card?
A large CF card isn't really a problem these days. I've got a 4-gig CF card
in one of my Pocket PCs. A 256-MEG CF card can be found with google for
less than $25, and a 128-Meg for under $12. I'd think the 256-meg version
would be more than sufficient for a COCO OS9 system.
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