announcement: Woody floppies released!

igueths at igueths at
Wed Nov 13 11:58:21 EST 2002

Hi all. The first thing I did was to format two floppy disks, and create a 
dos_fs on one of the disks. This disk would be the rescue disk. I then compiled 
a kernel with Cvs speakup, BLK_DEV_LOOP, BLK_DEV_RAM, and asorted filesystems. 
I then coppied the kernel to the dos-formatted floppy, as well as, 
and syslinux.cfg. Before copying though, I gzip -c -9 > 
sys_map.gz. This was to save space on the disk. After copppying all the files, 
I did syslinux /dev/fd0. This created ldlinux.sys. Now to the root floppy. For 
that disk, it didn't require any modifications (this may change due to module 
problems). I took the bf24.bin from the official Woody distribution, 
decompressed it, and re-compressed with gzip -c -9 for maximum compression. I 
then dd if=bf24.bin of=/dev/fd0 to a blank floppy. After all this was done, I 
tested the setup. Everything seemed to work ok. I went through some of the 
installation steps, however the only part I dind't test was module 
installation. After all testing was completed, dd if=/dev/fd0 of=root.bin. 
> I'd be interested in the process you used to create the debian installers as 
> well.
> Last time I checked when trying to get the boot-floppies package I had trouble 
> getting the system to send it to me and even tried getting the src package for 
> it and building that so it wouldn't work.
> For handling the different kernels though what I did was go get the kernel 
> source tree from the debian site, untared the file, patcked it with speakup, 
> retared it and when the different images were being built the config files that 
> were used didn't have speakup in them so I was able to answer all the speakup 
> questions so this is how I came up with the kernel-image packages when I did the 
> installers for Potato some time ago.
> Then what I did was copy the generated .deb files in to place so that the 
> boot-floppies build process would extract the kernels out of those packages and 
> put the in to place in to the different install images.
> Tommy
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