[syslinux-announce] SYSLINUX 3.36 released

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Sat Feb 10 13:18:48 PST 2007

Changes in 3.36:
         * MEMDISK: Disable EDD by default on floppy disks.  EDD can be
           enabled with the "edd" option and disabled with "noedd".
           This (hopefully) should make Ghost work again.
         * SYSLINUX: "unix" installer now uses Linux ioctls instead of
           using libfat.
         * New MBR which can boot from logical partitions.
         * SYSLINUX: Fix bug in detecting special extensions which was
           introduced in 3.35 :(
         * PXELINUX: Unbreak chainbooting FreeBSD (and possibly others.)

Changes in 3.35:
         * MEMDISK: New "safeint" mode.
         * MEMDISK: Be more compliant with the PnP BIOS spec.
         * MEMDISK: Turn on EDD support by default.
         * MEMDISK: Try to work on some machines on which it would not
           work when there was no floppy drive in the system.
         * Simple menu system: fix serial console support (broken in
         * SYSLINUX: Support subdirectories.  Like ISOLINUX, the
           "current directory" is the directory in which syslinux.cfg
           is found; this is searched for in the sequence
           /boot/syslinux, /syslinux, /.  As a side benefit, label names
           like "linux-2.6.18" and "linux-2.6.19" are now supported.

           To install ldlinux.sys in a subdirectory, pass the -d
           directory option to the SYSLINUX installer.

           This work was sponsored by slax.org (thanks, Tomas!)
         * New API call: read disk.
         * Invoke ONERROR on initrd load failure.

Title:          syslinux
Version:        3.36
Entered-date:   2007-02-10

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
                 1843203 syslinux-3.36.tar.gz
                 2095254 syslinux-3.36.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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