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Old 07-05-2002, 11:27 PM   #1
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Creating a mini-linux home-made distribution


Hi,

How hard is it to create a home-made mini-linux distribution that fits on a floppy and which only contains some basic commands? This is not classified as LFS right? Is there any place that can start me off?

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Old 07-05-2002, 11:46 PM   #2
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here is a good one

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bootdisk-HOWTO/
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:07 AM   #3
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OK. But how can I display a splash screen showing for example a picture or who made this mini-distro before it boots or after it boots?

Many thanks, i'm really interested
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:24 AM   #4
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You could probably do a bootsplash when lilo pops up. I didn't read the entire how to, just a flip through so I don't know if this is possible though.
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:33 AM   #5
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I see some mini-distributions have their own splash screens. Two examples are Hal91(http://www.itm.tu-clausthal.de/~perle/hal91/) and Tomsrtbt(http://www.toms.net/rb/). I don't think they even have lilo.
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:43 AM   #6
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Well, I am gonna email him and ask him to put the answer on here.

mailto:Tom@Toms.Net

That's his email address if you want to also.
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:48 AM   #7
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Cool, email is sent. I asked tom if he would reply on here.

Cool
 
Old 07-06-2002, 05:12 AM   #8
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Thnx. I guess i'll just wait for him to come here then ^_^.

Oh but i'm not sure if tom's one is just ascii art or real pictures. But i'm sure Hal91's one is a graphic.

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Old 07-06-2002, 10:08 AM   #9
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use lilo or grug
 
Old 07-06-2002, 07:16 PM   #10
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But do they use lilo?
 
Old 07-06-2002, 07:48 PM   #11
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They can, the making your own boot disk option as Dave pointed out from the how-to at linuxdoc. Hal doesn't I don't think, but Toms does.

Tom's is the absolute most stuff I've ever seen crammed on a 3.5. The only downshot to it is that there's no support for the journalling filesystems or ntfs so its loosing a little ground in the "save anything" category. Telnet, mount, they're all there, so I once used Tom's to move a mountain of data off of a laptop with a scorched win 2k partition (that happened to be formatted fat32 for some reason).

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 07-06-2002, 08:26 PM   #12
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i made my own bootdisk within about 5mins, i want a graphic too but every attempt has failed
 
Old 07-06-2002, 10:25 PM   #13
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Oh did you just recompiled the kernel and stuff. How did you attempt to put your own graphics or text during boot time?
 
Old 07-07-2002, 09:53 PM   #14
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For tom's it's just ascii. But for Hal91 there's a graphic. DO i just need to use lilo to do that? But if tomsrtbr and Hal91 both don't use lilo, there must be some other way.
 
Old 07-07-2002, 10:20 PM   #15
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hey, like what is this used for?
it's like an entire linux system in 1 floppy disk?, like an entire distribution in a floppy?
 
  


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