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Re: debian-installer mechanisms

On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 10:41:21AM +0000, Phil Blundell wrote:
> Wookey wrote:
> > Netwinder
> > ---------
> > Small desktop/router device
> > Normal keyboard, mouse, screen (optional)
> > Boot from flash, ?
> > Install from CD, Net
> > Install to HD
> All netwinders have at least one onboard ethernet, and very few of them
> have SCSI.  So, the overwhelming majority of netwinder installs are
> tftp-booted with packages retrieved from the network.  Console can be
> either serial or VGA/PS2; the firmware supports both.  Making a
> netwinder tftp image is easy, just a case of "cat Image ramdisk.gz >
> tftpboot.img".
> CATS also falls under the "netwinder" subarch and uses the same kernels.
> The drill for installing on these is much the same as well.  Making a
> CATS bootable image is done with the catsboot program, which sticks the

Please kill catsboot, its no longer needed or wanted (well for the
cats ;-) ABLE is capable of loading kernel and initrd separately from
any supported media that includes tftp as well as iso9660 cd, ext2 on
hard disc etc.

If the gluing stuff together feature would be useful we can add that
to ABLE too.

As soon as I get my hands on a netwinder we will be porting ABLE to
that platform and making it freely available.

> kernel and ramdisk together with a bit of glue code.  CATS do often have
> CD drives, so building CD images would be a worthwhile thing to do.

Indeed, as I say tho ABLE doesn't need anything special and can load
kernels and initrd directly from the iso9660 filesystems from the

Regards Vincent

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