[PC-BSD Testing] grub boot loader & kernel modules

Joe Maloney jpm820 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 15:41:31 PDT 2013

The grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg command works for me to pick up
the changes in /boot/loader.conf.  Thanks.

Joe Maloney

On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:

> On 08/07/2013 04:32, Ilya Bakulin wrote:
> > On 2013-08-07 05:55, Julian Elischer wrote:
> >>  unfortunately you've probably lost me as a user due to this
> >> departure from what freeBSD does.
> >>  I really need a FreeBSD system that happens to have good laptop and
> >> desktop support, not some random other thing.
> >>
> >
> > What do you call a "departure"? Using another boot loader to
> > accomplish nessesary functionality?
> > Sorry, I really cannot understand this.
> >
> > The FreeBSD Project makes a wonderful operating system, but please
> > bear in mind, that this OS has only
> > those features that are needed by the developers of the FreeBSD Project.
> > Sometimes it can happen that someone is building a FreeBSD-based
> > product and suddenly discovers
> > that some features are not (yet) available. What is he supposed to do?
> > There are several possible choices.
> >
> > 1. Say "oh, FreeBSD is crap because it doesn't have feature X, I'm
> > going to use $another_os".
> > This kind of feedback is not interesting to the project, I think.
> >
> > 2. Write the code yourself, spend time to commit it, do not release
> > your product until the feature is in the upstream.
> > Nice, but can delay the product appearance significantly, maybe your
> > product won't get to its customer because the customer
> > was not patient enough and uses another product based on $another_os now.
> >
> > 3. Implement the needed functionality using other methods, release the
> > product, give the feedback to upstream about missing features.
> > This is what PC-BSD has done. Instead of delaying the appearance of
> > the new PC-BSD version with some wonderful new features,
> > PC-BSD developers have released it, replacing only the boot loader,
> > and wrote what they need from upstream to implement those features
> > using only FreeBSD components. This helps spreading PC-BSD and
> > increases user base, eventually more people will use PC-BSD and FreeBSD,
> > then someone will implement missing bits in FreeBSD loader and
> > everyone will be happy.
> >
> > What you do is refusing to use PC-BSD because of boot loader, although
> > this is still the same FreeBSD system fine-tuned for desktop usage.
> > I don't understand it. Maybe I don't see some obvious things, sorry.
> >
> > --
> > Ilya
> >
> This is exactly how I feel. I've been doing dozens of trade-shows over
> the years and by far the biggest attraction to FreeBSD has been the ZFS
> / Boot-Environment support. FreeBSD supports *neither* out of box, so I
> made the decision to implement both. I wrote an installer, which does
> ZFS and such, so that was the first piece of the puzzle. Next was
> boot-environments, which again FreeBSD had partial support for, but due
> to a crummy boot-loader was crippled. I've been waiting for 5 years for
> a graphical boot-loader and support for *real* scripting (.4th files
> don't count). So far things have come and gone, and no commits made. So
> I made the call to use GRUB in the meantime, because it has a huge list
> of things it can do, that FreeBSD's legacy loader cant. Solaris is using
> it to provide their Boot-Environments. The PS4 screenshots of FreeBSD?
> Using GRUB again. Maybe they know something we don't ;)
> That being said, GRUB is not my first choice. I would *really* prefer
> that we have a BSD-licensed boot-loader which can do all the things GRUB
> can do and more. However, I'm not going to wait another 5 years for that
> to happen, in the meantime we have real-world features we want and need
> to support that will make the desktop / server experience safer & better.
> --
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
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