New booter-New world

Sean picasso at
Fri Sep 17 09:46:18 EST 1999

David Riley wrote:
> Sean wrote:
> >
> > Since the New World machines have a flashable ROM, why doesn't Apple
> > just write a new flash ROM for MacOS X by writing a flash with
> > bootloader on it that stores its information in the MBR or PRAM
> > (multiple PRAM settings) or somewhere so they don't have to use the
> > secret partition trick to get MacOS X to boot correctly. In the process,
> > they might as well add an allowance so you can boot Linux or another
> > alternative OS in the extra slots (multiple kernels, etc). And the
> > ability to pick which OS you prefer to boot.
> It's quite possible that this is being worked on, because I can't
> imagine that Apple wants to do that thing with an HFS partition if they
> don't have to.  They're not just lazy bums out there, ya know. ;-)  If
> they are working on that, it's probably just undisclosed.
Im sure they aren't lazy =) I just wonder why it wasn't done before =)

I think if they or someone is going to do it, they need to add password
support for both booting and settings protection to protect the machine
IE password to boot at all and a password to lock the current setting
but allow booting with the configured boot parameters.

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