[syslinux] syslinux vs grub
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Sat Jan 8 17:43:44 PST 2005
Patrick J. LoPresti wrote:
> "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa at zytor.com> writes:
>>I probably should be more blunt: the above is basically asking to turn
>>syslinux into grub with a somewhat cleaner internal structure. I must
>>say I question the genuine value, but if that's what people want to
>>do, then syslinux is the wrong product and I should shut the project
> Whoa, hold on. I was just mentioning the things for which *I*
> personally find GRUB useful. (This is what I thought you were
> soliciting.) There is still a lot of value in an actively-maintained
> SYSLINUX, and lots of things for which SYSLINUX is the superior tool.
> (I mentioned some of those, too.)
> I am not sure what kind of response you were expecting. But if mine
> is really making you consider "shutting the project down", then please
> forget I said anything at all...
Sorry about that, I've been a bit down in the dumps lately, in case it's
What I really mean is I'm still debating whether or not to develop
syslinux further, whether or not I should develop it further but in a
different direction, or take the project to maintenance-only mode.
In particular, I'm starting to seriously questioning the value of some
of the advanced features I have on the drawing board (and in some cases,
partially implemented) when built on top of the syslinux framework. I
don't want to spend a lot of time building those new features if they
are ultimately useless.
I also think, realistically speaking, that I won't have the time and
energy to develop a new foundation. I tried that once, with Genesis,
and it quickly mushroomed into the kind of project that I really would
rather not take on without being able to devote some serious full-time
hacking on it.
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