Subject: Re: Switching i386/amd64 to native CD-based installation?
To: None <>
From: David Laight <>
List: port-i386
Date: 07/03/2005 21:27:14
On Sun, Jul 03, 2005 at 08:34:55AM +0900, Henry Nelson wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2005 at 03:06:22PM +0900, Bang Jun-Young wrote:
> > a) The existing floppy based install should be kept. It will be okay to
> >    increase the number of floppies to 3 once the native CD based install
> What kind of memory requirement would there be for 3 floppies?  Will 32MB
> be plenty?
> Iirc, I had to give up on my <12MB-main-memory notebooks when the 2-floppy
> method became the defacto default.  I have lots of hardware running with
> 32MB, still, and will need to continue to install these with floppies.

For small memory systems, you'll need to build a custom kernel anyway.
Even if GENERIC will run, it will cause a lot more swapping that with
a custom kernel.

For instllation the single floppy install-tiny should work in 12Mb
(last I tried the standard install ran in 16Mb).

I would be tempted to keep the floppy install down to 2.8Mb by removing
support for unusual hardware, rather than requiring a 3rd floppy.
This would make it easier to for people to build custom install
floppy kernels with different drivers for spefic machines.

The 'new' CD install would contain all drivers.


David Laight: