new guy, newbie questions.
landley at trommello.org
Sat Jan 19 02:17:37 PST 2002
On Saturday 19 January 2002 06:39 am, Chris Lingard wrote:
> Rob Landley wrote:
> > Thanks for the offer, but I'm really looking for something I can download
> > and
> > install through the net with a boot disk. (Cable modem. Fun for the
> > whole
> > family.)
> To get a working and useful system on a CD takes 500Mb.
As bzipped tarballs of source code? Define "working and useful". (What are
you installing? Text compresses pretty well...) Red Hat fits the source
code for a CD's worth of binaries onto one CD... I glanced at the XML,
didn't see anythign that looked particularly big. (Are you compiling
directly from the CD?)
Yeah you need a boot system on top of that, but you can install a minimal
system, with compiler, in maybe 16 megs. (Uncompressed. The binary of the
compiler compresses down to less than 4 floppies, I installed it that way
back on OS/2...)
I'll go look at the package list again...
> This is an
> impossible size to up or download here. Probably OK in the USA with free
> telephone calls and cable. The cheapest download of my CD is snail mail.
If I get a copy of a CD I could probably put it up for download somewhere...
(I know somebody at VA who might be able to arrange hosting there. If not,
I'm sure I could figure something out...) How big is the bzipped version of
the ISO image?
> > I've downloaded the book and am slowly churning through it. I'm looking
> > for something that installs KDE because that's the code I most want to
> > debug
> I do nothing like this. My aim is to create a CD that will install a
> standard LFS, without the need for any prior systems. I will probably
> supply a second source CD containing KDE + everthing, because this stuff
> can be expensive to download.
I could work with that.
> > Possibly. If you've got an ISO image and I can chop the boot disk part
> > out of the el-dorito boot sector thing and put it on an actual disk
> > pointing to a partition to get the filesystem from, or a web server or
> > something to
> This is interesting. My boot image thinks it is a 2.88Mb floppy.
Ah. I actualy do have one of those drives somewhere (salvaged from IBM), but
I'm not sure I have any of the disks...
> the kernel runs up, it autodetects the CD and mounts it. It then passes
> control to init, on the CD. I had not thought of posting just the boot
> image. But I have no method or intention to auto detect internet things as
> this is too difficult. But you have no system to pass control to.
> Since you have cable, you could download my package at
> www.stockwith.uklinux.net. Use the script to build a boot image, then rip
> out the boot image and linuxrc script.
I'll take a look at it when I plug my laptop into the network later today...
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