How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

Post by Christoph Wegene » Tue, 08 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Hi,
I want to setup Linux on an old 386'er PC without harddisk.
Is there any possibility to do this?
I would be glad about any help.
Thanks
Christoph
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How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

Post by John Gluc » Tue, 08 Apr 1997 04:00:00



> Hi,
> I want to setup Linux on an old 386'er PC without harddisk.
> Is there any possibility to do this?
> I would be glad about any help.
> Thanks
> Christoph
> --
>                        Christoph Wegener
>           Lehrstuhl fuer Biophysik - Ruhr-Uni-Bochum
>            Tel.: 0234-700-5754 - Fax: 0234-7094-238

>    __   _
>   / /  (_)__  __ ____  __
>  / /__/ / _ \/ // /\ \/ /  . . .  t h e   c h o i c e   o f   a
> /____/_/_//_/\_,_/ /_/\_\              G N U   g e n e r a t i o n . . .

Hi

Not sure but I think I saw something about "network boot" in one of the
how-tos but I haven't a need for it so I can't say which.

John Gluck

 
 
 

How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

Post by Jens Ritt » Wed, 09 Apr 1997 04:00:00




>> Hi,
>> I want to setup Linux on an old 386'er PC without harddisk.
>> Is there any possibility to do this?
>> I would be glad about any help.
>> Thanks
>> Christoph
[...]
>Hi

>Not sure but I think I saw something about "network boot" in one of the
>how-tos but I haven't a need for it so I can't say which.

There are some especially small linux systems floating around.
I think one is called minilinux or something like this.

You could make a linux system which fits on a floppy and mounts the
root system via NFS (if the old PC has got a network connection).

Jens

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How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

Post by Steve Parke » Sat, 12 Apr 1997 04:00:00


See:

        http://www.redhat.com/linux-info/ldp/HOWTO/mini/Diskless

"Diskless Linux Mini Howto

  v0.0.3 12 Sep 1996

  This document describes how to set up a diskless Linux box"



> > Hi,
> > I want to setup Linux on an old 386'er PC without harddisk.
> > Is there any possibility to do this?
> > I would be glad about any help.
> > Thanks
> > Christoph
> > --
> >                        Christoph Wegener
> >           Lehrstuhl fuer Biophysik - Ruhr-Uni-Bochum
> >            Tel.: 0234-700-5754 - Fax: 0234-7094-238


 
 
 

How to setup Linux on a diskless system..

Post by Jim Smelyansk » Mon, 14 Apr 1997 04:00:00



>> I want to setup Linux on an old 386'er PC without harddisk.
>> Is there any possibility to do this?
>> I would be glad about any help.

Begin3
Title:          Dless-Linux
Version:        0.1
Entered-date:   05/08/1995
Description:    A package for making a diskless Linux box with the help
                of a NFS mounted Linux server
Keywords:       Boot Linux Diskless

Maintained-by:  The same person
Primary-site:   ftp.ucr.ac.cr:/pub/Unix/linux/Dless-Linux
                5.8 KB -  Dless-Linux.README
                106 B  -  make.boot.noram
                109 B -   make.boot.ram
                1.44 MB - root.no.swapfile
                1.44 MB - root.swapfile
Alternate-site: sunsite.unc.edu:/pub/Linux/system/Linux-boot/Dless-Linux
                5.8 KB -  Dless-Linux.README
                106 B  -  make.boot.noram
                109 B -   make.boot.ram
                1.44 MB - root.no.swapfile
                1.44 MB - root.swapfile
Copying-policy: GNU
End

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We are using floppy-only machine as X-terminal here.

Configuration is:
  386SX 25 MHz, 4MB RAM, NE2000 Ethernet, 1.2M Floppy, mono-VGA, 1 COM-port
  no hard-drive, no co-processor; (approx. price $400 new)
  Kernel 1.0.8, XFree 2.1

All you need is to boot from floppy, NFS-mount /usr and /lib directories
and start X over nfs. Then you can rlogin (or telnet) to another machine,
setup DISPLAY, and start window manager there.

For making the boot diskette you can use basic Slackware distribution.
You should rebuild the kernel without any kind of unnecessary support (like
harddrive, SCSI, SLIP and so on). After that you can take Slackware's "boot
disk", put new kernel there, copy network configuration files from /etc.
After copying the kernel don't forget to change RAMDISK size to 0 with
rdev and run lilo.  For networking you need route, ifconfig, rpc.portmap,
mount, rlogin (or telnet).  You should edit /etc/rc.d/inet* scripts and
put "mount ..." for /usr and /lib in you rc.local file.

Kernel+sh+X+rlogin will run in 4Meg RAM, so you don't need swap.
X-server performance is really decent.


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