I have this IBM 8363 NetVista N2000 Thin Client that I purchased off eBay, thinking I could run a Linux distro on it. However, I have run into some brick walls, and found some ways around them - but faced with even more brick walls! Can you help me out?
The problem is that this client doesn't actually use a BIOS, it uses Firmware that mimics a BIOS. When it boots, it looks for a file called kernel.2x00 on the CompactFlash Card, and loads that into memory.
The kernel.2x00 can't be a renamed bzImage file, as the firmware gets stuck on loading the kernel if it's bzipped. A uncompressed kernel (vmlinux) works like a treat. The client then appends root=/dev/hda1 in the kernel's boot arguments in RAM and boots the kernel. Some kernels boot up fine, I get to the "Where's init?" part of the kernel.
The Compact Flash Card is Only 32MB in size, and I don't intend to use this client for much. Possibly just IRC and some web browsing. Or a USB Jukebox.
I was looking at Tiny Core Linux, but it seems to use a bzipped kernel and the client chokes on that.
Can anyone link me to distro or two that is below 32MB in size that uses a decompressed kernel?