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Sun Dec 9 17:34:17 CET 2012

"The new Technologic Systems Bootloader is totally Linux-based,
enabling much more control over the system through all the standard
Linux utility commands from inside the bootloader itself. Meanwhile,
it delivers fast bootup time, as short as 1.1 seconds, and small
footprint, not only meeting the requirements of the real-world
embedded systems, but delivering additional flexibility and power
instead. After all, it is Linux booting Linux.

The "bootload" facility may be useful for kernel developers, since
they now have a faster way to test their new kernels without rebooting
the whole system. In case a fast bootup solution is not being used,
developers benefit from the use of the "bootload" program given that
the time spent with firmware loading will be saved.

Also, the new Bootloader solution allows the use of standard shell
scripts for the programmatic selection of appropriate kernels, Linux
initrd's, and kernel command line arguments for maximum flexibility.
Click on the link below and find out how the TS-7400 takes advantage
of these features in order to provide multiple booting options via
Linux shell scripts:"

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Date: Jan 10, 2007 9:21 AM
Subject: 1.1 sec from power on to Linux shell (busybox) prompt
To: ron minnich <rminnich at>

I know these guys provided the lunchbox boards you described in your Linux
Journal article.  I like how they accelerated flash boot by implementing HW
ECC in the CPLD.  Nice work.  This would have been nice in OLPC.

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