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Old 05-01-2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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is it possible to install any linux-dist from only floppys?


Hi there

i wonder if it is possible to install any linux-dist from just 1 floppy.

I am downloading Knoppix @ the moment, but i wonder if there is any other dist, that is bootable form 1 floppy?

maby a diffuse question, but....


wery well, have a goon day
 
Old 05-01-2004, 04:43 PM   #2
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There is probably some minimalistic router linux version that takes a floppy.. in fact I think I downloaded one once. But you can't expect anything on a floppy.. it's only 1.44 mb so can't hold much at all..
 
Old 05-01-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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Booting from floppy is one thing. Installing a whole system from floppy is another very different.
to boot from floppy you only have to build a boot floppy, most distros have such a thing. To install a system from floppy, man... I don't have a clue how to do it.
The only "one-floppy" linux I know is coyote linux, meant to be a router. But it is not a user-guided system, you see? It is just a router, for a machine that will not interact with humans. No X, no desktop manager, no fancy stuff.
 
Old 05-01-2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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awwww... ok

thanks anyway.
 
Old 05-01-2004, 10:08 PM   #5
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Debian can be installed from floppies (but you need 6). Fedora Core 1 can be installed from 1, but 2 doesn't have a floppy installer. I think Slack has a floppy install. Mandrake used to. FreeBSD and NetBSD can be (but they're not Linux). All of these options require a network connection, as the only thing that will fit on a floppy is a kernel and a few lightweight utilities. Even Windows 3.1 required 4 disks!

The last floppy OS was DOS 6, as far as I know.

If your concern is a lack of CD burning equipment or no broadband connection to get the stuff and no real cash to lay out for a real boxed set, you might wanna consider one of the many online services that will burn the distro of your choice for the cost of the disks and the mailing. I used to use The Computer Helper Guy when I was on dialup.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 12:14 AM   #6
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http://freshmeat.net/projects/natld/
http://freshmeat.net/projects/xwoaf/

Dunno if either of them are any good - been awhile since I played with floppy distros like floppix and mu and so on. Basic is pretty minimal. Search around on google or freshmeat directly or whatever. A single floppy can be superformatted to 2.88 and bzipped to hold something like 10-12 megs I think. So it's not like it's literally 1.44 megs. With chopped busybox stuff you can wedge on quite a bit. An X Window System seems like pushing things, though.
 
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X on a floppy would be coming from the Twilight Zone for sure. LOL
 
  


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