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Re: [Debian] Running Linux from CD

On Thu, Jul 02, 1998 at 09:44:50AM +0200, Nico De Ranter wrote:
> is it possible to run Linux completely from CD.

Probably yes, if a system has sufficient RAM. One would have to combine some
- The capability to boot directly from CD; the Debian CDs already do this.
  Andreas Jellinghaus <aj@dungeon.inka.de> is working on the scripts that
  are used to create the Debian CDs.
  To a certain extent being able to boot a CD directly is optional; you can
  boot to Linux on CD using DOS or Windows (see the boot.bat on Debian CDs).
- Debian follows the Linux Filesystem Standard (FSSTND) / Filesystem
  Hierarchy Standard (FHS) (http://www.pathname.com/fhs/), so that the
  directories that need to be writable are clearly identified (e.g /usr
  can be on a read-only medium). SuSE uses this to run large portions of
  their product directly from CD.
- Linux supports ramdisks, which can be used to provide a read/write medium
  for /var and /tmp .

The combined solution would be: boot from CD, load a disk image (containing
something very similar to the Debian base system) as the root filesystem,
and mount /usr from the CD.

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between betraying his country and betraying a friend he hoped he would
have the decency to betray his country.                                      
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