Bootdisks and Bootable CDs.

Darren Young darren at younghome.com
Sun Sep 10 21:12:48 PDT 2000


On Sun, 10 Sep 2000, David D.W. Downey wrote:

> 
> 
> On Sun, 10 Sep 2000, Jesse Tie Ten Quee wrote:
> 
> > Yo,
> > 
> > On Sun, Sep 10, 2000 at 06:53:39PM -0500, David D.W. Downey wrote:
> > > Well all of the choices are simplistic to use if youa re doing the 2.2.x
> > > kernels. But if youa re going to make any that use the 2.4.x kernels with
> > > reiserfs support ( for an advanced ALFS install) you can just about forget
> > > about doing a boot + CD isntallation)
> > 
> 
> kernel size even stripped down takes up too much space in the iamge to be
> able to use it for booting. To include reiserfs, SCSI, and (E)IDE support
> and the bare minimum number of SCSI adapters like the AHA15xx and the
> AIC7xxx and the abse set of the SymBIOS cards (the top 3 used cards out
> there) drives the kernel size up tremendously. There is some severe kernel
> bloat going on but Alan gets kind of mad when you tell him that. :-)
that's the purpose of an initrd and modules, load what you need.
> 
> > Why? I don't see why it would be (alot) more complicated.
> > 
> > > To tell you the truth though, I would much rather see a straight CD
> > > isntallation without a boot disk at all. This is extrememly helpful for
> > > folks like me that have no floppy drive on their laptops but want to doa
> > > custom install. 
> > 
> > I'm not sure if i was clear enough, but that's exactly what is only going to
> > be supported right now, to my knowledge.
> > 
> > -
> Sounded to me like you were making it so you needed a flopy AND the cd
> rather than just the CD.
> 
> 
> 

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