Contract work. Boot loader.

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    Contract work. Boot loader.

    Required skills: Familiar with the i386 and booting process. Knowledge of ELF executables and compressed kernel image files.

    Task: Rewrite/Create a boot loader that would load a Linux kernel image (with a ram disc) from a flash disc and execute Linux.

    For more information, or to discuss terms, PM me.

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    1 question: Why not use GRUB/LILO?
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    Cannot use a off-the-shelf boot loader. The Flash is not a standard flash, thus cannot be accessed via any type of standard driver. There is, however, an easy way to access the flash, I just don't know Assembly/i386 boot process enough to load the kernel image.

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    I might give it a try to rewrite GRUB or LILO for you, PM me the specs and if I get anything I'll PM you.

    P.S. No payment needed, I'll do it for free.
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    Code loads from sector 0 track 0 into memory location at 0000:07C00 and jumps to that location.

    Code can then pop into protected mode and load the kernel from disk into some portion of memory.

    Basically that's it.

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