Re: Confessing my ignorance...
0. boot code.
1. HDD formatter for Hurd's native format (may be able to use somebody else's fdisk, though).
2. FTP program.
How's that for starters? ;->
> Oh dear. At this stage we would probably have to produce about 10-15
> floppies to do this. The rescue and root floppies are Linux based and we
> would have to install and configure some kind of Hurd base system on the
> HDD which will be able to install the rest of the system by FTP. To
> significantly reduce the number of floppies would require very careful
> tuning of the base system.
> The alternative, which would involve a lot of hacking (and I don't know if
> it would work) would be to use the Linux ramdisk to do the downloading.