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Re: Boot-Floppies

Matt Porter <mmporter@home.com> writes:

> If a user is going to use something as archaic as a 1.44MB floppy to
> install, it shouldn't be too much for them to use a split boot/root dual
> floppy approach.  That would leave a lot of space for the rootfs. 

Agree vehemently!

> The majority of people will be using CDROM to boot, I'd imagine.
> On x86, El Torito allows 2.88MB right?


> It seems the constraints we have are the following:
> * on all platforms we are limited to 1.44MB floppies (Special case #1)
> * on x86 CD-ROM we are limited to 1.44/2.88MB boot images and any size
>   livefs we want (Special case #2)
> * on PowerPC/PReP we don't have any CDROM limitations.
> * what about others?
> Just looking at this it seems we only have to modify things for the
> special case #1 since that is the only one that can't fit current size of
> the boot/root images.  If I understand El Torito incorrectly, please let
> me know...

It seems to me that we could have 1.44MB boot, 1.44MB root -- that
would be 2 floppies, or else one 2.88 image for el torito.

>From there either a double drivers floppy plus base floppies, or else
a live filesystem on CDROM.

All the other techniques (OS loader, ZIP, TFTP/NFS) could adapt based
on this I believe.

Can we agree?

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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