[syslinux-announce] SYSLINUX 3.11 released

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Fri Sep 2 20:59:31 PDT 2005

Changes in 3.11:
         * MEMDISK: Fix bug by which accessing the real floppy disk
           as B: in MS-DOS was broken.
         * Simple menu system: allow tweaking of the screen layout.
         * Simple menu system: better command-line editing, correctly
           handle command lines above 256 characters.
         * PXELINUX: revert memory allocation change that caused
           problems on some network cards.
         * MEMDISK: Try work around a bug on some BIOSes when no
           physical floppy disk is present in the system.
         * Enable the 16550A FIFOs, if present, when doing serial
         * New "totaltimeout" command establishes a timeout without
           regard for any user input.
         * Simple menu system: timeout behaviour now more in line with
           user expectations.

Changes in 3.10:
         * gcc 4.0.1 compilation fixes.
         * Add support for querying the PCI BIOS in libcom32
           (used by ethersel et al.)
         * Fix PCI handing (ethersel etc) on several old chipsets (and
         * Try to deal with systems with broken EBIOS.
         * New API call to do "localboot".
         * New API call to query features.
         * New API call to run kernel image, a lower-level call than
           "run command".  See comboot.doc.
         * Fix for bug in EBIOS code discovered by Arwin Vosselman.
         * NOESCAPE security fix.
         * Comments are now recognized even without a space following #.
         * Fix incorrect handling of mixes of entries with and without
           MENU PASSWD.
         * The idle API call now harmlessly returns failure if it is a
           no-op.  That way the caller can decide whether or not to
           bother invoking it again.
         * Temporarily disable the idle API call on PXELINUX, due to
           some platforms on which the idle API call seems to hang; this
           problem has not yet been debugged.
         * MEMDISK: the handling of DOSEMU-headered images was broken;
           fix it.
         * EXTLINUX: symlinks are now supported.
         * Simple menu system: N and P now work correctly as hotkeys.
         * MEMDISK: more BIOS bug workarounds.

Title:          syslinux
Version:        3.11
Entered-date:   2005-09-02

Description:    SYSLINUX is a collection of boot loaders for the Linux
                 operating system which operates off Linux ext2/3
                 filesystems, MS-DOS FAT filesystems, network servers
                 using PXE firmware, or from CD-ROMs.  The FAT
                 filesystem version can be installed from DOS, NT, or

                 It includes a sophisticated API for add-on "COM32"
                 modules, including a significant subset of the
                 standard C library.

                 It also includes MEMDISK, a tool to boot legacy
                 operating systems from nontraditional media like PXE
                 or CD-ROM.

Keywords:       syslinux pxelinux isolinux extlinux msdos boot loader
                 floppy install network ext2 ext3 pxe iso9660 cdfs
                 memdisk com32
Author:         hpa at zytor.com (H. Peter Anvin)
Maintained-by:  hpa at zytor.com (H. Peter Anvin)
Primary-site:   ftp.kernel.org /pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux
                 1510587 syslinux-3.11.tar.gz
                 1712922 syslinux-3.11.zip
Alternate-site: ibiblio.org /pub/Linux/system/boot/loaders
Platforms:      DOS or Linux to install.  Linux, perl and nasm 0.98.38 or
                 later required to build from source.
Copying-policy: GPL

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