[plug] debian install from floppy disks?
dsbrown at cyllene.uwa.edu.au
Wed Oct 4 09:49:50 WST 2000
Look out for the later version of rawrite, rawrite2, which is much
faster. The URL mentioned in the Debian site documentation is
however there may be a local mirror. Does quick check... yes, try
ftp://ftp.uwa.edu.au/mirrors/linux/debian/tools/ where there is a .zip version.
For even more comprehensive information, check
which has been enhanced since my initial installation (of hamm) a couple of
Basically what you will be doing is downloading floppy images, each of
which will be 1.44mb in size. Rawrite takes those image files
and transfers them to floppy. Once you have the base system in operation
(using the floppies) then establish a connection to a debian site and get
the rest using apt. The only "tricky" thing I encountered was setting up
lilo.conf (the configuration file for lilo, the Linux Loader) and even that
was just a matter of adding a line to enable correct operation with my
drive geometry. Oh yes, if you have a large hard disk it is important to
remember to locate the boot code within the first 1024 cylinders (others
please correct!) Reading through the above documentation url would be an
excellent way to start.
Hope this helps,
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