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Old 08-05-2004, 09:39 AM   #1
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Linux Installation from scratch, literally... Kernel loading floppy question

How exactly do you create a floopy (or 3) to load a kernel with minimal system utilities?

Say I have a blank harddrive, brand new, nothing on it. I want to put linux on it, by use of the floppy drive and possibly the cdrom drive at the most. I can get all the required packages onto the system by partitioning the hard drive, then putting each file in it one by one, but I need a floppy series that can do that :/

Does anyone know how to create, or where I can get, a floppy(set of floppys) that do this?

Thank ye.
Old 08-05-2004, 10:50 AM   #2
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you need to install some version of linux on a small partition and boot into it
and from there build over onto another partition.
older type versions of linux like debian and slack still have boot floppy images with a kernel and cd driver and some tools you can use if you want to try that.
you can download and rawwrite them with someones windows computer.
i guess if you have some binary image of a prebuilt system you can do it that way.

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Old 08-05-2004, 02:55 PM   #3
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I run slack =) I have all there floppies..

Theres no way I could just load a kernel, and install software from that without doing it through slackware/debian disks, without completely programming one myself.
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Doing Linux from Scratch with Knoppix is probably the closest to what you are asking.


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