[syslinux] SYSLINUX 2.10 released, and a special thanks
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Fri Jun 18 14:11:21 PDT 2004
I have released SYSLINUX 2.10; it is functionally identical to SYSLINUX
2.10-pre7. There were a bunch of good ideas toward the end of the cycle -- I
have avoided those for the sake of stability but will try to get them into the
I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Penguin
Computing and especially Tech Support Manager Robert Connoy. Over the years,
Penguin has donated several servers to my projects, including the one that
hosts http://syslinux.zytor.com/ as well as other projects. In general,
Penguin has been awesome in getting me the pieces that I need for my stuff,
not just what they have readily available. Anyway, as (bad) luck would have
it, a power surge zapped this server a few weeks ago, and Robert has been
helping me find the problem and got me the necessary parts, all under time
stress to get the system back up, burned-in and tested before I leave
(tomorrow.) This comes only about a month after a server from another project
had a different problem -- largely caused by my trying to upgrade the server
without checking the compatibility of all the parts first. You guys rock!
Anyway... go get SYSLINUX 2.10 from the usual place... here is the LSM:
2.10: Bug fixes and minor feature improvements.
Changes in 2.10:
* MEMDISK: Handle images compressed with zip as well as with
gzip. Some Windows-based image tools apparently generate
these kinds of images by default. Patch by Patrick
* Major menu improvement from Murali Ganapathy.
* ISOLINUX: Wonderfully sick and brilliant workaround for
severe bugs in certain Award BIOSes; from Knut Petersen.
* SYSLINUX: Fix for the nomtools installed, from Frederic
* PXELINUX: Fix handling of IP numbers in the ranges
100-109 and 200-209.
* ALL: New option "allowoptions" (defaults to 1), which
controls if options are allowed on the command line or not.
* SYSLINUX: Support building under klibc (see the klibc
distribution for details.)
Description: SYSLINUX is a collection of boot loaders for the Linux
operating system which operates off MS-DOS floppies,
network servers using PXE firmware, or from CD-ROMs.
It is intended to simplify first-time installation of
Linux, rescue disks, and other uses for boot floppies.
A SYSLINUX floppy can be manipulated using standard
MS-DOS (or any other OS that can access an MS-DOS
filesystem) tools once it has been created; and
requires only a very small DOS or Linux program to
create in the first place. It also includes MEMDISK,
a tool to boot legacy operating systems from
nontraditional media like PXE or CD-ROM.
Keywords: syslinux pxelinux isolinux msdos boot loader
floppy install network pxe iso9660 cdfs memdisk
Author: hpa at zytor.com (H. Peter Anvin)
Maintained-by: hpa at zytor.com (H. Peter Anvin)
Primary-site: ftp.kernel.org /pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux
Alternate-site: ibiblio.org /pub/Linux/system/boot/loaders
Platforms: DOS or Linux to install. Linux, perl and nasm 0.98.35 or
later required to build from source.
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