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Old 01-26-2004, 05:22 PM   #1
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Making an OS...

I want to make a small boots-from-floppy OS. Just for fun, nothing serious or fully functional in anyway. I want to use C++ if that's possible, how would I compile it? How would I get the floppy to be reconized and booted when its in the drive when the computer is on?

Any help would be great. If anyone has any resources on this I'd love to read them. Thanks.
Old 01-26-2004, 05:57 PM   #2
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Making an OS

My initial advice would be to:
1. Read as much as you can about operating systems & especially how Linux was originally developed. A good book is 'Rebel Code' by Glynn Moody. If anything it will encourage you to press on with your hobby / ambition.

2. Take a look at the sources of the linux kernel 0.01 (you can get it on the web free). This will give you an idea of the complexity of the task originally for a processor family is now bordering on ancient...

3. Im a C++ enthusiast, but if you are going to put together a brand new OS that requires direct communication with the processer, im not sure that C++ would be the program of choice. It might be 'easier' in C...

4. Visit the forum on this board LFS (Linux from Scratch) - this might interest you.

I would say, dont let anyone discourage you from trying to see your goal through....Good communication with otheres who share your interest is a vital step in development of anything

good luck.
Old 01-26-2004, 07:22 PM   #3
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you may want to try LFS first, and then making your own complete distro (w/ install and all)

you also have to learn assembly, and pretty well too. some things simply cannot be done in a high level language (take a look at some of the assembly code in the linux kernel).
Old 01-26-2004, 11:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice

Making my own Linux distro would be greate but I don't really have an extra computer to test on, unless you count the two which refuse to let Linux boot. And I dont want to hurt my current install quite yet.. heh.
Old 01-27-2004, 02:46 AM   #5
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