[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Booting to floppy

On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 11:56:26AM -0400, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> Ethan Benson wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 01:42:54AM -0400, MC wrote:
> > [install experience and sucky powerpc docs snipped]
> > >
> > > So there's a few more criticisms:
> > >
> > > - after you start up in your initial install and you're trying to
> > > initialize apt for the first time, you should be given more diagnostic
> > > information as to when something is going wrong with the network
> > > connection, and you should be given the opportunity to reconfigure the
> > > network without having to restart and re-do the installation.  My
> > > problem was that Debian was unhappy with my choice of nameserver and I
> > > must have rebooted and reinstalled my base install four or five times
> > > for the sole purpose of trying out different network configurations.
> >
> > there is no need to reinstall the system to reconfigure your network
> > settings.  you need to learn how to do that sooner or later.
> I think I agree with you Ethan, but at the same time, MC does have a point that
> this makes for a very unfriendly install experience.  This is a generic potato
> boot-floppies issue across all arches.  Will the new woody installer address
> this?

 BTW, when I installed Debian on my Daystar Genesis, (mobo is similar to an
Apple 9500), I didn't have any trouble with the root floppy.  I booted from
the HFS image, and then loading the root image worked with no problem, IIRC.
I've still got the disks sitting around... They are version 2.2.16-2000-7-26.

 I wrote the disk image on an x86 PC running linux.  Maybe MC had bad disks,
or they got written wrong?  (of course, unclear instruction about rawrite
(or whatever there is on the mac), could be to blame.)

#define X(x,y) x##y
Peter Cordes ;  e-mail: X(peter@llama.nslug. , ns.ca)

"The gods confound the man who first found out how to distinguish the hours!
 Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sundial, to cut and hack
 my day so wretchedly into small pieces!" -- Plautus, 200 BCE

Reply to: