The case for the /usr merge
Posted Jan 28, 2012 14:56 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
The problem with a non-embedded initramfs is that it can get out of synch with the kernel it goes with, especially if it has modules in it. So you might find that you preserve your kernel for future use in case of emergency but, oops, it's useless, it has the wrong initramfs and won't boot. With an initramfs linked into the kernel image, that is completely impossible: the kernel is a single self-contained file again. And that's a very valuable property.
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