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From: Adam Thornton <athornton@gmail.com>
To: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society <tuhs@tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Pre-init initialization
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 21:52:47 -0700
Message-ID: <CAP2nic2Tv5is8_V7k6QpJSGXv0bMEz8TiaZHf-hp1wvOtkZtAQ@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAK7dMtA6fe3MAtRaLMOrt_Vk1=4xJCiJNV0o2mYm+YKq_f=jqQ@mail.gmail.com>

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MCA support came pretty late, so that's not terribly surprising.

As did booting-from CD-ROM, for that matter.  I think I remember a fairly
long period where the CD-ROM hung off the SoundBlaster, not the IDE bus.

Adam

On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 9:22 PM Kevin Bowling <kevin.bowling@kev009.com>
wrote:

> 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
2019-08-10  4:50               ` Grant Taylor via TUHS
2019-08-10  4:52               ` Adam Thornton [this message]
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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