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Old 04-26-2007, 08:03 AM   #1
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I want to create a debian based OS that can fit on a floppy. I want to use a debian kernel, (I have heard about Knoppix remastering but would rather not do it that way) and just add the basics. I.e.: kernel, GUI, gaim, firefox (or another small browser), and programs for C++ programming. The GUI may need to be added afterwords.

How can I go about making this? If I create all the filesystem folders, put in the kernel, how do I install the programs to the filesystem before compiling it as an iso? I would like (need) this to be an installable Linux, not a live distro.
 
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I want to create a debian based OS that can fit on a floppy. I want to use a debian kernel, (I have heard about Knoppix remastering but would rather not do it that way) and just add the basics. I.e.: kernel, GUI, gaim, firefox (or another small browser), and programs for C++ programming. The GUI may need to be added afterwords.

How can I go about making this? If I create all the filesystem folders, put in the kernel, how do I install the programs to the filesystem before compiling it as an iso? I would like (need) this to be an installable Linux, not a live distro.
You can put a distro on a floppy. A good example is Freesco but there are some others around there.
But I am sure you won't get any GUI. This will never fit on a floppy. Only text modus will be able to fit on it.
 
Old 04-26-2007, 10:48 AM   #3
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Just so that I can sleep at night: is this distribution intended for personal/private/etc. use only? Or do you plan to make a new version of DSL and hope people from all around the universe use it?

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and just add the basics. I.e.: kernel, GUI, gaim, firefox
Those are hardly "basics".
 
Old 04-26-2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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Maybe not basics for you, but I never mentioned making it for you. Personal use/distributing. If it works well, why not share it? As far as the GUI, this distro did it. And from there, it may be possible to install Gnome over the net. If not Gnome, I could just stick with the above GUI.
 
Old 04-26-2007, 11:33 AM   #5
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You can put a distro on a floppy. A good example is Freesco but there are some others around there.
But I am sure you won't get any GUI.
Definitely not; not with Debian. Kalabanta, you're just going to have to do one of my other suggestions to get Linux on your old laptop. The best solution, I think, would be for you to get the thing an ethernet NIC and to do a minimal net-install.

Now, theoretically it's possible to fit a full featured GUI on a single floppy. The original Macintosh fit its OS on a floppy, and the original AmigaOS fit on two floppies (which would fit on a single modern floppy disc). The latter had true pre-emptive multi-tasking and multiple workspaces and other features we're used to in today's GUIs. Neither the original Macs nor the original Amigas had hard drives.
 
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As far as the GUI, this distro did it.
That really depends on your definition of "GUI". It has X. It does not have a graphical file browser, or any other sort of graphical browser or image viewer. It lacks sufficiently complete libraries to run typical X applications.
 
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I suppose "basics" are different for everybody. Since you didn't specify a target for the distribution I took "basics" to mean "minimal", which is more or less the same for everybody.

Now then, why do you want such a distribution?
 
  


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