Re: [PARPORT] Zip Disc system

tom ring (
Sun, 7 Dec 1997 09:38:55 -0600

On 7 Dec 97 at 8:59, Christian Herrnberger wrote:

> Greetings:
> I've been readering your messages with interest for a while now as I've
> been looking for an answere to a simple question. Is it possible to load
> a Linux system on my zip drive and either boot diretly from the zip

I have done this and it's not tough at all. I will say that from my recent
experiences with RedHat that you stay away from it for this type of
application. RedHat is fine for beginners, but is a pain in the butt to
customize. And I'm _really_ holding my tongue after those latest experiences.

Currently I have a Slackware 3.3 install running this way. The system boots
from floppy and then runs happily from the zip drive. It's not fast, but, like
you mentioned, it will run on anything I own, from a 386SX-20 Northgate Laptop
to 200Mhz Pents.

I don't normally use it, but for emergency recovery, it's way better than
emergency boot floppies! It's even useful on DOS/Win systems.

Assuming a CDROM and zip drive are both available it's fairly easy change
from a normal install, just make the Iomega boot and Color root floppies and
choose the zip drive as the destination when asked for the install point.
Obviously I'm leaving out a lot of detail here, so if you've got questions,
I've got answers.


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