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Re: Multiboot mixed width O/Ss

From: coifed48641
Subject: Re: Multiboot mixed width O/Ss
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:48:17 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

Grub Gurus,

Many thanks for your prompt replies.  I realize my knowledge gap had more to do 
with the processors than the loader.  I found the following link helpful:
Sorry if my question was off topic but glad to know it is not a problem to run 
mixed width O/Ss on the same hardware.


-----Forwarded Message-----
>From: Felix Miata <address@hidden>
>Sent: Jan 5, 2014 9:12 AM
>To: address@hidden
>Subject: Re: Multiboot mixed width O/Ss
>On 2014-01-04 22:25 (GMT-0600) address@hidden composed:
>> GRUB Gurus,
>> I realize the answer to my question ultimately may be determined by the Intel
>> and AMD architectures. Is it possible to boot alternately to a 32bit OS and a
>> 64bit OS with GRUB 2 and a 64 bit processor?
>> mostly refers to Grub legacy and
>> states
>> "The current release is working on Intel/AMD PCs, OpenFirmware-based PowerPC
>> machines (PowerMac and Pegasos), EFI-based PC (IntelMac) and coreboot 
>> (formerly,
>> LinuxBIOS), and is being ported to UltraSparc." without reference to 
>> processor
>> width.
>> I also checked ""; but found no 
>> reference
>> to CPU width.
>What makes you think a bootloader should care? Its purpose is loader, not 
>kernel. I boot both 32 bit Linux and 64 bit Linux with Grub, installed at a 
>Grub binary prompt booted to Knoppix 32 bit. Other loaders can do it. Why 
>shouldn't Grub2?
>"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
>words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)
>  Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!
>Felix Miata  ***
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