Op 21-12-2012 3:40, peasth...@shaw.ca schreef:
> Well that was OK when diskettes were the only rotating media. Usually
> a diskette wasn't partitioned. "Part" and "volume" were synonymous.
optical media usually weren't partitioned either, and flashdrives might
be partitioned but usually only with 1 partition. Windows is very
specific about partitioned removable media.
External harddisks is another story ofcourse, and even there most/all
partitions aren't visible to DOS anyway, as Microsoft discourages using
FAT, for example by disabling the ability in their own FORMAT/DISKPART
tools to create FAT partitions over 32GB (which starts to show for USB
sticks and SD cards).
> Where a hard disk drive is involved, "drive" should mean "hard disk drive"
> and "part" should mean "part of a hard disk drive". When software
> says it will "format the drive" I want to be sure it doesn't mean "format
> the whole hard disk drive". Unambiguous terminology really does help.
I've never used 'part' and don't recognise it from any operating system
I know. Ideally you'd have something like:
C: (primary partition/volume #1, active, label xyz, capacity X, used Y,
disk Z, total sectors/heads/tracks = A/B/C, starting from D up to E).
> I had hoped to run FreeDOS on the OLPC XO-1.5 but it is no simple problem.
That sounds like a video BIOS indeed. I don't know if Coreboot could run
on that machine at all. If so, it might be able to run SeaBIOS and
corresponding VGA BIOS as well.
I'm not in possession of a 35 euro Raspberry Pi computer, but that
running on Linux with a DOS emulator (BOCHS/QEMU) on top could run just
fine. Even when considering how memory-hungry most Linux distributions
are. Guess it helps they upgraded the machines to 512MB.
I don't know of any effort of running Bochs on a very stripped Linux.
Kernel + initrd + tiny userland + Bochs + FreeDOS should do the trick.
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