Subject: Re: the floppy size problem
To: Tom Spindler <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/26/2006 13:09:54
On Tue, 26 Dec 2006 09:56:15 -0800
Tom Spindler <> wrote:

> > Would it make sense to split the INSTALL kernel by time frame?  How
> > many machines have both EISA and USB, for example?
> I think this would be an excellent idea; in addition, some of the
> older cards out there have some huge firmware images - isp is around
> 380k, tigon around 152k.
> Of course, I'm of the opinion that if you really need, say, puc(4) in
> your INSTALL kernel, you should really be editing your INSTALL kernel
> configs anyway...
Which doesn't help the first-timer, or those without the resources or
knowledge to build their own INSTALL images.  (Aside: a web-based
service to build custom installation media would be nice, but it would
take an improbable knowledge of detailed hardware configurations by
users and/or good dependency data for some script at a web site.  It
would also require the ability to build kernels with minimal
compilation, i.e., mostly from precompiled .o files.  I suspect that
it's infeasible.)

		--Steve Bellovin,