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[ale] Old Silicon, New Distros
- Subject: [ale] Old Silicon, New Distros
- From: johnmills at speakeasy.net (John Mills)
- Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:14:56 -0500 (EST)
I am upgrading a box that won't boot from a CD-ROM (even though the BIOS
boot-order claims to include a CD-ROM-first setting). It looks like the
viable option is 3.5" FDD.
I'm leaning toward Slackware, but it appears Slack-12.0 doesn't include
the older 'bare' FD images, but now includes an 'sbootmgr.dsk' that sounds
like just the thing. If I understand, it's a small first-level bootloader
that fits easily on a 3.5" FD and can be commanded to then boot the box
from a CD drive.
1. Are the FD image 'boot' ('bare.i', etc) and 'root' ('install[1|2].*')
disk images still included in Slack-12.0, and if so, where?
2. Has anyone used 'sbootmgr', and have I understood what it's intended
3. Is 'sbootmgr' Slackware specific, or could it be used to jump-start
installation of other current distros when one can't boot directly from a
CD (or DVD)?
Thanks for any wisdom on these issues.
- John Mills