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Old 03-30-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
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generic boot floppy?


Is it possible to create a generic boot floppy that is not associated with any particular distribution.

You could throw it into a computer and boot to the floppy and have some basic functionality, like with a windows 98 boot disk. You can boot to it, browse your hard drive, run fdisk, edit a file, etc?

Just curious.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 02:47 PM   #2
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toms

google for linux boot disks. try http://www.toms.net/rb/ (iso's also)

also see here:
http://www.linuxorbit.com/modules.ph...icle&artid=492
 
Old 03-30-2004, 03:26 PM   #3
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Well, I don't see a direct answer to my question in either of those links.
I was more looking for a discussion of the subject here.

Have you created a generic floppy that works like a windows 98 boot disk?
 
Old 03-30-2004, 03:40 PM   #4
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I think the answer to your question is yes.

What makes a distro? As soon as you make a boot disk, you've made a distro in a very limited way. It has a kernel and a few tools and they're put together in such or such a way, e.g. to give you a simple shell. You start adding bits and pieces, and before you know it, you have a new distro (e.g. knoppix).
 
Old 03-30-2004, 03:44 PM   #5
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Well, I don't see a direct answer to my question in either of those links.
I was more looking for a discussion of the subject here.

Have you created a generic floppy that works like a windows 98 boot disk?
Actually the first link he gave for the tomsrtbt disk is a nuetral boot floppy that doesn't pertain to any distribution.

http://www.toms.net/rb/tomsrtbt.FAQ < the FAQ's which explain what it does, etc. It actually stands for "Tom's floppy which has a root filesystem and is also bootable."
 
Old 03-30-2004, 03:49 PM   #6
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Well, don't I feel lazy and ignernt.

I'll look a little closer at that I reckon.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 04:47 PM   #7
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ok... apologies to fzzy.

Here's my excuse: I was doing three other things and just briefly glanced at those links.

It wouldn't boot on an old P55C 166Mhz machine, but it did boot on an AMD K6-2 350Mhz machine.
 
  


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