@w84death looking at the stuff all around my table with enough horsepower (surface, ryzen 5 desktop, 4k displays) to run more fat distros , i like your effort
@email@example.com i tried to do this about a year and a half ago and was not successful. has the longstanding issue that caused a tty panic when booting the kernel from a floppy been fixed? or did you work around it?
@linear It works for me. I just started writing the article/tutorial with condensed, easy to understand instructions for anyone that want to recreate this.
There are still a few things I need/want to research. Expect it in a few days :)
@firstname.lastname@example.org ah, that might explain it then. i was building mine without one to save space, so the kernel tries to mount root on the floppy directly, which hits a codepath that seems to have been broken for many years.
@w84death Nice to see this is still possible! I used a single-floppy system someone had made which was running linux 2.2(?) for my first steps in computering, reading manual and info pages on a 486-based laptop with a tiny grey LCD screen my dad didn't see any use for anymore. The machine was running DOS when I first got my hands on it, but not for long I eventually managed to make use of the internal hard disk to overcome space limitations.
@ArnimRanthoron Not my language :) (looks like everything is in German). But my project is not for making yet another "awesome" distro but for me to learn the basics of Linux and for my embedded project (old-school disk magazine).
@w84death do you realy run 5.x linux kernel from the floppy 1.44Mb sorage + latest BusyBox? What's the size of the particular components? Are you use initrd additional image?
@linuxoid bzImage 568KB (32bit) + rootfs.cpio.gz (BusyBox) 440KB
I change what tools I need in the rootfs - it goes from 400KB to 600KB depending on my needs. I still have 200-300KiB for my embedded project (enough!).
@iron_bug I also do not have that old hardware but I think I will look for one just to prove it works. Also 486 was my first computer in the 90's so this will bring many memories :)
@iron_bug I got 9-pin printer working and use as my main (and only) printer! Those printers are build like tanks.
I search my local auction service and see there are few nice laptops with 486 processors available. Reasonably priced (~$100).
@iron_bug I have OKI a very popular model and still used in many places in Poland. Getting new ribbon for it is super easy and cheap in our country. You can dye it using any pen ink or use carbon paper ( i remember doing this as a kid).
@flancian Good idea! I can do that in the end - I have some experience in running Linux in a Docker container.
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