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install problems

Mike Bilow wrote:
> There is no need for /boot to be a separate partition.  Unless you have a
> special situation, /boot is usually an ordinary directory below the
> partition mounted as the root filesystem (/).

I've only used Red Hat.  Their installation manual recommends that /boot
have its own partition, 16MB max.  They say this is a good idea "Due to
the limitation of most PC BIOSes", but they don't elaborate further. 
What are they talking about?

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