Subject: Re: Suggested NetBSD version for 486 install
To: Andy Ruhl <acruhl@gmail.com>
From: Gilles Gravier <Gilles@Gravier.org>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/28/2005 07:50:22
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Hi, Andy,

You say : "Then again, most people have the ability to build from 
another machine."

IÓm not sure this is really the case. NetBSD isn't a "geek and developer 
only OS". Not everybody has machines to spare with dual boots and all. 
Most of the time, they have one spare machine on which they plan to 
install a small OS. NetBSD is a good choice... but they still only might 
have one machine... which is their target machine.

It would be great to have a "Have machine X (hosted somewhere) build 
your kernel for you" type of configuration... available online. Web/PHP 
interface for choosing the components... and entering an e-mail address 
and the system builds a kernel and e-mails it to you. :)

Gilles.

Andy Ruhl wrote:

>On 9/27/05, David Laight <david@l8s.co.uk> wrote:
>  
>
>>On Tue, Sep 27, 2005 at 08:57:14PM +0300, Dmitry Ivanov wrote:
>>    
>>
>>>On Tuesday 27 September 2005 20:15, Andy Ruhl wrote:
>>>      
>>>
>>>>The latest one, 2.0.2
>>>>
>>>>Use the boot-tiny.fs floppy image.
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>I couldn't boot 1.6 or 2.0 with 8MB last time I checked...
>>>      
>>>
>>The standard install floppies require 16MB, but I did think that the
>>tiny/small ones would run in 8.
>>
>>Alternatively, put the disk into another sytem and install it there,
>>then build a small kernel that only contains the devices you need.
>>    
>>
>
>Wasn't there talk at some point about some automated kernel build from
>some online machine where someone could enter the hardware they have,
>and a very minimal kernel would be built? Seems like it would be ideal
>for a situation like this where it's likely that a custom kernel would
>be needed from the get-go.
>
>Then again, most people have the ability to build from another machine.
>
>I tend to agree that installing manually onto the disk and then custom
>building a kernel is probably the best solution.
>
>Andy
>
>  
>

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