Subject: Re: Booting DS5000/25 from floppy for installation?????
To: David Burren <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: port-pmax
Date: 09/04/1999 22:38:14
I think I meant  rx23, not rx33.

But yes, the Maxine has a flopppy controller chip attached via the
ioctl asic, and the PROM doesn't support that for booting.
If bob moved his SCSI floppy drive to the Maxine, that'd boot...
if we had bootable floppy images, which (AFAIK) we don't.

If we use Simon's two-stage boot, we can get really aggressive
about compression: use bzip2 on the kernel-plus-ramdisk-in-its-guts.
I think just a gzipped kernel used to fit, a while back.

Anyone know why the ramdisk image is getting so darn bloated?