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Originally posted by Aussie STOP PRESS!
Billy G claims credit for Open Source Software...........yeah right.
Well, I don't think he can clearly give himself credit to open source software since it has been around almost as long as his company, but I give him credit for making it more popular, since his products suck, and his businesses practices suck as well.
As mentioned earlier it has to do with the way BIOS works.
BIOS stands for Basic In Out System and is the basic way to communicate with floppy and hard drive for example.
Cylinder 1024 has to do with the way they used to represent the geometry of a disk.
The geometry of a hard disk is represented using the number of cylinders heads and sectors.
Every disk within a hard disk has a number of circle formed tracks and the outer track of all disks make up the first cylinder of a hard disk.
Using the instructions provided by BIOS you can only address 1024 cylinders, 63 heads and 256 sectors (unsure about sectors), this make 8 GB.
The old version of lilo uses the BIOS to load the kernel from hard disk to memory and can't reach beyond 8 GB.
So the kernel must be within the first 1024 cylinders of the disk. This is most oftenly accomplished by making a small partition at the beginning of the disk, about 20-30 MB. In linux this partition should be mounted as /boot for lilo to find it.