Subject: Re: i386 floppy no longer fits
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Martin Husemann <>
List: tech-install
Date: 01/11/1999 08:50:44
> Assuming we're talking i386 here, I believe it can - the problem with
> goinng that route is in having different boot setups for floopy and cdrom
> boots, which would be nice to avoid, if there's any way to avoid it.
> Having the floppy and cdrom boots behave exactly the same way is nice.

Yes, talking i386: the boot floppy image may be of arbitrary size.

But I dare to differ: the floppy boot and the CDROM boot should not behave
the same. Having a firewall booting from CDROM straight into multi-user
mode would be a win. And an install CDROM should start sysinst without
any further questions like "please insert root filesystem".

>From an ergonomic point of view you can't explain the user to not insert
anything but just press ENTER when the computer explicitly ask for another