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This project is not used any more, because we moved our effort to
GRUB 2. See GRUB
web site, for more information.
PUPA is a research project for the next generation of
The most important goal is to make GNU GRUB cleaner, safer, more robust,
and more powerful.
Our tasks are as follows:
- Create a compact core image. This will make Stage 1.5 unnecessary.
- Add support for dynamic loading to the core image, so that it can
extend itself at the run time rather than at the build time.
- Add real memory management, to make GNU GRUB more extensible.
- Add a more object-oriented framework for file systems, files, devices,
drives, terminals, commands, and OS loaders.
- Add support for internationalization. This includes support for
non-ASCII character code, message catalogs like
fonts, graphics console, and so on.
- Add an actual localization, based on the above internationalization
support. We will target on Japanese as the first step.
- Segregate code specific to i386-pc from generic code, to make
GNU GRUB portable.
- Add support for cross-platform installation.
- Develop additional software packages which will help our project and
hopefully other projects.
We might tackle on these issues as well:
- Add a scripting language, to make GNU GRUB more customizable.
- Add support for other architectures (such as UltraSparc and PowerPC).
This project is supported by
Information-technology Promotion Agency,
Copyright © 2002 Yoshinori K. Okuji
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