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From: Kevin Bowling <kevin.bowling@kev009.com>
To: Grant Taylor <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net>
Cc: tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Pre-init initialization
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 21:21:30 -0700
Message-ID: <CAK7dMtA6fe3MAtRaLMOrt_Vk1=4xJCiJNV0o2mYm+YKq_f=jqQ@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <cbbcb9ef-99f3-3370-125b-03534a76b0bc@spamtrap.tnetconsulting.net>

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Yup I remember doing a boot/root floppies with Slackware as late as the
early 2000s on an IBM PS/2 Model 95.

On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 7:29 PM Grant Taylor via TUHS <tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org>
wrote:

> On 8/9/19 6:23 PM, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
> > In '95, Slackware started releasing on CD-ROM's, and while there may
> > have been boot/root floppies, I suspect more and more they were used as
> > rescue media, since installing from a CD-ROM was *way* more convenient.
>
> The boot & root floppies were how you booted Slackware for a long time.
> The CD-ROM was unbootable for quite a while.  You booted off of floppy
> and the installation scripts would ask you which drive had the CD-ROM in
> it to mount and install from.
>
> > I'm guesing what you were doing was creating a kernel plus initramfs
> > which was sufficient to mount a root file system elsewhere as an
> > emergency "boot this failsafe kernel off the floppy", perhaps?
> > I don't think a kernel+initramfs on a single 1.44MB floppy would
> > have been sufficient for use as an install medium by '99.  Or were
> > you making an emergency USB thumb-drive as a rescue device, maybe?
>
> It was a re-roll of the above boot & root disk set.  It was not rescue
> media per-say.  Though the standard boot & root disk set did get used
> for rescue purposes in addition to installation.
>
>
>
> --
> Grant. . . .
> unix || die
>
>

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Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-06 23:46 Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-07  1:22 ` Andrew Warkentin
2019-08-07 13:04 ` Clem Cole
2019-08-07 16:40   ` Warner Losh
2019-08-08 13:31     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-08-09  1:52       ` Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-10  0:23         ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-08-10  2:28           ` Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-10  4:21             ` Kevin Bowling [this message]
2019-08-10  4:50               ` Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-10  4:52               ` Adam Thornton
2019-08-08 13:43     ` Clem Cole
2019-08-08 18:59       ` Warner Losh
2019-08-09  1:46   ` Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-09  2:15     ` Warner Losh
2019-08-09  6:43       ` Kevin Bowling
2019-08-10  1:45 ` Chris Hanson

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