Monday, June 2, 2008

Introducing AROS safe modes

A new version of VmwAROS is shaping up, and today I added a simple, but smart feature to my distro: the AROS safe modes. You might probably know that AROS' ata.device is under heavy rework, in order to handle properly HDD geometry and to add support for some Serial-ATA chipsets. This, however, has broken nightly builds compatibility with some older IDE chipsets, which are refusing to boot AROS at all. This is also the motivation why VmwAROS LIVE! 0.7 and 0.7.1 weren't booting on your PC.

Making everything work again as expected is taking a lot of time so, to make sure the next VmwAROS LIVE! release will really boot fine on your computer, you will be able to choose either a newer, more advanced kernel, or the VmwAROS 0.6 one, which was considerably stable and used the old-style ata.device. Safe mode will be compatible with EIDE drives only, but at least it will allow booting fine on the largest range of hardware platforms available.

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