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    Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS)
    Contributed by ghola on Thursday, April 19 @ 11:05:25 BST

    Potato
    If you've been looking for a set of boot-floppies with the latest kernel and ReiserFS 3.6.25, then check out http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net. These floppies were built with the latest set of Adrian Bunk's 2.4-based .deb packages and a custom-compiled 2.4.3 kernel. See the webpage for details, but all the latest stuff should be included. You'll also find a base2_2.tgz file, so you can build a complete base installation using all the latest stuff. Check it out!

     
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    a problem with devel libs (Score: 1)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, April 21 @ 11:55:49 BST

    I used the above mentioned set. It worked flawlessly for the installation itself.

    At the "dselect-ion" phase, however, problems arose at the "devel" section.

    First, libc6-2.2.2 (docs say, from woody debs) is used in the base system installed. as far as I understand, this is required for kernel 2.4 to work. However, libc6-dev on potato is 2.1.3. I corrected this by bringing in the woody package - first deed that bugs me.

    Now, it was libstdc++'s turn. again, I got woody's package to fill in (libstdc++-glibc2.2). now, task-c++-devel doesn't complain, but g++ doesn't install. bringing libstdc++-dev from woody will reqire upgrading other packages, compiler included, so I stopped there.

    Okay, now I have a mixed potato/bunk/woody system, and I don't even know if such mixing is safe, or even how to test it.

    Am I safe to proceed? Any advice?

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    Re: a problem with devel libs (Score: 1)
    by ghola (yokkun (at) att.net) on Sunday, April 22 @ 18:24:36 BST
    (User Info) http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net

    I wasn't aware of all the dependencies these floppies would bring in from woody. I just took what Adrian Bunk had on his website, assuming that was everything needed. When I used these disks on my own install, I just went straight to woody, more or less, to pick up X 4.0.2, so I didn't see the problem you ran into. Let me get in touch with Adrian and see what we can do. Maybe he could add the other files we're missing to his site, and you can bring in the non-base2_2 stuff from there. That will keep you (and others) from having a woody line in your sources.list and bringing in a bunch of stuff you don't want.

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    Re: a problem with devel libs (Score: 1)
    by ghola (yokkun (at) att.net) on Tuesday, April 24 @ 19:08:08 BST
    (User Info) http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net

    I did a dependency check on all the packages in the base system, and couldn't find any that were dependent on libc6-2.2.x. I don't know where I got the idea that this was needed, but apparently I was wrong. Can't find anything on Adrian Bunk's site, nor the linux/Documentation/Changes file, mentioning it either. Therefore, I've rebuilt the base system (base2_2.tgz), rolling back libc6 to version 2.1.3, which is what ships with potato, and uploaded it to my website. I tried a quick install with it this morning (April 24), and it seems to be OK. I'll beat on it tonight and see if I can find any problems, but I'm confident this should cure the problem.

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    Re: a problem with devel libs (Score: 1)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 25 @ 04:00:47 BST

    It is my sincerest hope that the Debian Congress adopt

    the philosophy of having one network install disk instead of

    the current minimum of 6.

    This would be one of the greatest progresses thus far if

    they could manage this feat.

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    network install from pcmcia card (Score: 1)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, April 21 @ 16:25:21 BST

    I would love to make a network install from my laptop. It has a pcmcia card for network connexion. It actually may be possible.. but I don't know how.

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    Re: network install from pcmcia card (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, April 22 @ 01:33:40 BST

    it works fine as long as your card is supported.

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    Re: network install from pcmcia card (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, April 22 @ 17:49:30 BST

    didnt work for me, the pcmcia isnt working

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 24 @ 22:16:18 BST


    Ghola, I'm wondering. I'm a Linux newbie; how hard would it be for me to upgrade to ReiserFS *after* a straight Debian potato (or woody) installation?

    Are there specific advantages to doing it at install time (a la your boot-floppies)?

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 25 @ 00:04:22 BST

    AC #1 asks, "Ghola, I'm wondering. I'm a Linux newbie; how hard would it be for me to upgrade to ReiserFS *after* a straight Debian potato (or woody) installation?"

    AC #2 replies, "If you mean 'upgrade' every filesystem on your computer to ReiserFS, you will have ltos of fun. I suggest you check ReiserFS site for more info. When you install Debian(redhat or any other distro. And we are talking install, not an upgrade), you format your harddrive with the ext2 filesystem. to my (probably limited) knowledge, there exists no program to convert the ext2 filesystem to ReiserFS without destroying the data. If your drive/partition is formatted with ext2, you need to backup your data, convert the drive/partition to ReiserFS and restore the data.

    Using Ghola's supplied disks means during the installation you have the choice to format your drive/partition with the ReiserFS (the normal Debian disks don't give you that option). Much simpler than moving data around to do the conversion. Does that help?

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 25 @ 20:42:57 BST


    Thanks, AC#2!

    That did help, a LOT, although it's basically led me to NOT want to install ReiserFS initially. First, because I probably won't notice a difference, and second, because it seems a lot more prudent to wait until it's "officially" supported. I just hope that happens soon.

    For example, I see that ReiserFS won't support IDE drives > 32 MB unless you're running a 2.4 kernel, so now I'd be building an even funkier system, and more things may break on me. (Only certain boot managers will work, etc.) As I newbie, I can't afford that yet. And the instructions for "converting" from ext2 to ReiserFS, at http://www.namesys.com/change_fs.html, seem rather straightforward, assuming you have enough disk space.

    I was all set to start with Woody/Testing but the more I look into package support et al., GNOME, Ximian, possibly Progeny, etc., the more I see that in my utter newbishness I should probably just start with stock potato and build on from there.

    Thank you for all the info and the great ReiserFS link!

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 1)
    by ghola (yokkun (at) att.net) on Thursday, April 26 @ 17:06:14 BST
    (User Info) http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net

    If you've got the diskspace to spare, that's probably the best course of action. Just be sure to leave enough free partition space to copy everything over if and when you decide to upgrade to ReiserFS. Resizing partitions is NOT FUN, not to mention very risky! (sad voice of experience)

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 1)
    by James (jamesATrcpt.to) on Saturday, April 28 @ 06:21:03 BST
    (User Info) http://www.rcpt.to/~james/

    This URL seems to be unavailable now. Anyone got a mirror?

    Also seems that Hypermart are also spamming ppl trying to go to this URL above with multiple child windows containing advertising. Interesting way to get banner-ad revenue up... ugh!

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 1)
    by ghola (yokkun (at) att.net) on Monday, April 30 @ 18:20:42 BST
    (User Info) http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net

    I want to apologize for this. Hypermart took down my site Friday, claiming "abuse" of their policies, because I wasn't selling anything. Apparently, it's not a business unless you're trying to make money. (Anybody willing to pay me for these boot-floppies? Didn't think so :-}

    Anyways, I'm working on getting a new place to host my stuff, and will post the new URL when it's available...

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 30 @ 19:04:51 BST


    That's funny! Good luck. I'm sure you know there are hundreds of free hosting choices...

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 and ReiserFS) (Score: 2, Informative)
    by ghola (yokkun (at) att.net) on Saturday, May 05 @ 01:40:34 BST
    (User Info) http://yokkunlinux.hypermart.net

    Finally, after a long and harrowing week, the boot-floppies are again publicly available, thanks to some helpful people: Dav Clark at MIT, and Craig Foster at wiw.org. The files can be found via anonymous FTP: agro.mit.edu or Craig's server: http://wiw.org/~craig/debian/franklin.

    You'll always be able to find the current info and links to everything at my own personal homepage: home.att.net/~franklij1.

    Thanks for the help, guys! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Boot-Floppies with the Latest 'n Greatest (kernel 2.4.3 (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 19 @ 00:52:51 BST

    hi,

    I'm writing you to have some help building boot-floppies (if poss.).

    Where I can found recent documentation?

    In the Linux/FAQ debian there is outdated command that not work

    correctly in the last version of boot-floppies package (2.2.23)

    I want to create a 2.88 boot floppy with 2.2.19 kernel to put in a

    customized debianCD.

    why 2.2.19? because your boot disk (2.4.3) crash in vmware 2.0.4.

    ...a problem of emulation of course... 🙂

    But for me, is important to test in vmware this prototype of boot-cd.

    Regards,

    MaX

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