Boot Linux from a diskette?

From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
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I have to boot this OLD (running DOS!) box in Linux, no CDROM and no 
ambitions to change the hardware other than to install an ISA networks card 
(yes, ISA, I still have some of those...  :) )
Possible?
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=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:48:05 -0500 kitepilot@kitepilot.com wrote: And now is when you get to dive. Deep. Of course it's possible. Boot loaders used to let you get the kernel off of a floppy, and then swap to your root floppy and mash "enter" to load the root filesystem. I believe that I got a modern Linux down in the 700k range, and I'm pretty sure you could get a stripped down BusyBox root under 1.44k. Can you find an archive with ancient Linux on it, or do you need to do it with a modern Linux? And how much is it worth to you? Dan

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Linux Router Project booted from floppy. Jeff

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ heck yes its possible I do it all the time ;-)=0A=0A=0Alook for floppy-base= d distro list on distrowatch.=A0=A0 if the box has a harddrive maybe instal= l zipslack (boot linux from DOS, woohoo).=A0=A0=A0 =0A=0A=0Athere's also EL= KS if you are demented enough.=A0=A0 I had it running on a Tandy 1000 TL/2= =0A=0A=0A=0A

=============================================================== From: flushy@flushy.net ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Dan Lyke : ah the days of the boot/root disk. Basically: # copy the kernel to a floppy image dd bs=1k if=/boot/vmlinuz of=/tmp/floppy.img 2>&1 | tee /tmp/log.txt # calculate the kernel blocks awk '/ records out/ { print $1 + 1 ; }' < /tmp/log.txt > /tmp/size.txt # write a compressed root floppy image (ramdisk) to the img dd bs=1k seek=$(cat /tmp/size.txt) of=/tmp/floppy.img if=root.img.gz bs=1k 2>/dev/null # finally write the whole thing to the floppy dd bs=512 of=/dev/fd0 if=/tmp/floppy.img [end] You can make 1992K floppies using some low level format utilities. http://www.fdutils.linux.lu/ This project seeks to help you build root/boot disks, though it's a bit outdated. http://sourceforge.net/projects/byld/ Here is a write up of how to do it manually (you'll need to create your own version of rdev as it's deprecated). http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bootdisk-HOWTO/x703.html --b

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Something that is awesome, and yet scary about Linux. "I'm sure this is crazy... but can you do

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ yeah if only opendarwin had continued.

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ Free or NetBSD, anyone? ;) " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA

=============================================================== From: William Roush ------------------------------------------------------ Yeah, especially considering this is "just shove dd at it". William Roush william.roush@roushtech.net 423-463-0592 http://www.roushtech.net/blog/

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ You may want to look at the old boot loader LILO, that was designed with your particular purpose in mind, however I only used it to boot to a Linux kernel installed to hard storage. I was also a slow adopter of GRUB, I wanted to stick to LILO until it was seasoned. " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 5:28 PM, William Roush wrote: