[syslinux] SYSLINUX works on more than 'floppy' media

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Mar 3 23:30:04 PST 2004

Alex Pavloff wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I hit the syslinux homepage for the first time in a while.  The stuff
> just works, so there's no reason to come to the website, eh? :)
> Anyway, the first line is "The SYSLINUX Project covers lightweight
> bootloaders for floppy media (SYSLINUX)", and I think that this needs to
> be expanded a bit.  I use SYSLINUX on CompactFlash, and it works great
> because together with loopback file systems, its possible to put an
> entire linux system onto a stock FAT-formatted CompactFlash without
> reformatting it and losing Windows-access capability.
> So I'd just like to point out that SYSLINUX would be better described
> now as a lightweight bootloader for removable media.

True enough.  I mostly didn't want to pitch it as a harddrive-based boot 
loader; although it can do that, its feature set isn't what people expect.


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