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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

Andreas Gredler <jimmy@g-tec.co.at> writes:

> On Sun, Jun 12, 2005 at 02:17:08PM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
>> On Sunday 12 June 2005 09:14, Frans Pop <aragorn@tiscali.nl> wrote:
>> > Some older BIOSes don't allow booting from CD-ROM, let alone netbooting or
>> It's easy to solve the problem of a BIOS that doesn't support booting from 
>> CD-ROM.  You have a boot loader on a floppy disk that loads the kernel and 
>> initrd from CD.
> This is of course a good workaround. But this floppies have to be
> available. Does debian have such floppies?
>> People who have really old hardware should ask at their local LUG if someone 
>> has any unused computers that they don't need.  I've offered quite a few old 
>> computers for free to members of my LUG.  Recently I offered a P3-800 machine 
>> with broken PSU and a Pentium 200 machine that was fully operational and 
>> found no-one who wanted them.  It seems that at my LUG there's no-one who has 
>> lesser hardware.
> I've seen a lot of servers for small companies, which are older ;-(
> greets Jimmy

The i386 CD images contain a floppy image of the smart boot manager
(sbm) that allows you to boot cdroms on hardware that doesn't.


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