[syslinux-announce] SYSLINUX 3.50-pre16 released ... RELEASE CANDIDATE

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu May 31 17:15:45 PDT 2007

Hi all,

I have finally gotten SYSLINUX 3.50 what it feels like feature-complete
for release, or something pretty close to it.  As a consequence, I am
declaring 3.50-pre16 a release candidate.  Here is what's news since 3.36:

Changes in 3.50:
        * New keywords allow the type of file to be specified in the
          configuration file.
        * It is now supported to load a different configuration file
          with the CONFIG keyword.
        * Fix API call 0x0019 (Read Disk.)
          internationalization of menu messages.
        * A new feature, TEXT HELP, allows the administrator to set
          a multi-line help message for individual selections.
        * Fix API call 0x0012 (Cleanup, shuffle and boot.)
        * New API call "Cleanup, shuffle and boot to flat protected		
        * New API call "Cleanup, shuffle and boot to real mode",
          similar to API call 0x0012 but allows arbitrary register
        * Introduce a library interface for loading arbitrary binary
          formats with relatively easily understood code.  See
          the elf.c32 module for an example on how to use it.
        * New module "elf.c32", to load a protected-mode ELF kernel.
        * MBR (old and new): Fix bug in CHS mode when LBA >
        * vesamenu: fix decoding of palettized PNG images.
        * Update the Linux kernel boot protocol.
        * PXELINUX: Press Ctrl-N at the boot prompt to read out the
          network info.
        * Instead of the (non-existent) MAC, use the client identifier
          for networks like Infiniband and Firewire/1394.
        * Add a new INCLUDE command to the core syslinux parser.
        * Allow binding help text to F11 and F12.
        * F-key help now available in the simple menu system.
        * Disabled the polling for ARP during idle.  It is simply too
          slow on some (broken!) PXE stacks.

I appreciate any and all help with testing, the sooner the better; and
if you have reported bugs that I have forgotten please be kind enough to
remind me.


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