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CONFIG_ALPHA_SRM: Use SRM as bootloader

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_ALPHA_SRM:

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There are two different types of booting firmware on Alphas: SRM, which is command line driven, and ARC, which uses menus and arrow keys. Details about the Linux/Alpha booting process are contained in the Linux/Alpha FAQ, accessible on the WWW from

The usual way to load Linux on an Alpha machine is to use MILO (a bootloader that lets you pass command line parameters to the kernel just like lilo does for the x86 architecture) which can be loaded either from ARC or can be installed directly as a permanent firmware replacement from floppy (which requires changing a certain jumper on the motherboard). If you want to do either of these, say N here. If MILO doesn't work on your system (true for Jensen motherboards), you can bypass it altogether and boot Linux directly from an SRM console; say Y here in order to do that. Note that you won't be able to boot from an IDE disk using SRM.

If unsure, say N.



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