Package: colo (1.22-1)
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boot loader for MIPS based Cobalt machines
CoLo is a replacement boot loader for MIPS based Cobalt machines such as the Qube, RaQ, Qube2 and RaQ2. CoLo has less restrictions than the boot loader which comes in the firmware of Cobalt machines. It can boot from any primary partition containing an ext2/3 file system, supports booting via the network using TFTP and NFS, features a boot menu, allows passing boot parameters to the kernel, and offers support for initial ramdisks (initrd). The maximum size of kernels that can be booted is only constrained by available memory.
CoLo is typically used in chain mode. That is, the Cobalt firmware is used to load CoLo from the first primary partition (ext2 revision 0), and it is then used to load the actual Linux kernel. However, tools are also supplied in this package to overwrite the firmware with CoLo. This package also contains several other useful tools for Cobalt microservers, such as a program to output information on a Cobalt's LCD and an admin menu which allows to reboot and halt the machine through the LCD and buttons located on the panel of a Cobalt machine.
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