View Full Version : Simple Question Regarding Unix/Linux OS Size?

02-24-2002, 11:51 AM
Hello everyone
I have never used Unix or Linux befor but would like to know the approximate size of the system files.

This probably sounds stupid but could either Unix or linux be booted from a 1.44MB floppy disk like MS DOS, or are both of them way to large for that?

Just wanted to know because I am looking for a 32 bit ulternative to DOS. I want a better OS than DOS for troubleshooting and maintaining PCs that have problems with windows: that's why I need to be able to boot from a floppy.

Any help greatly appreciated.

02-24-2002, 12:33 PM
There are command line only versions that can be run from a floppy...do a search on "linux documentation project" and start reading...

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Microsoft Knowledge Base (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;rid;kbinfo)

Google (http://www.google.com)

02-24-2002, 04:40 PM
You can run a complete system in 10-20 mb of hard drive space, but you've no real room for expansion. I think I read somewhere that you can boot just the kernel from floppy, but it would leave you without a shell.

In any case, what you're trying to do seems impractical to me at least because even if you could boot from a floppy, you still need a linux filesystem partition to do so.

Linux- Because you wouldn't buy a car with the hood welded shut, why should your O.S. be different?

02-24-2002, 06:50 PM
..I want a better OS than DOS for troubleshooting and maintaining PCs that have problems with windows..

Every current OS is a 32bit alternative to DOS. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

DOS itself is atually modeled after UNIX ( hence it's command line structure ).

When you do a multiple boot option with Linux, you create what's called a LILO ( or Linux Loader ) boot floppy that has the bootldr for your linux partiion and pointers to it.

For basic troubleshooting, i've found nothing that compares to a basic DOS bootable floppy-just take the time to add a few custom program's and you're all set for any PC troubleshooting/repair job.

An example of my custom disk is; autoexec.bat { with a path for the CDROM file } Config.sys-ditto on the CDROm file plus a LH memory path Attrib.exe MSCDEX.exe { generic MS cd rom file } Format.com extract.exe fdisk.exe HIMEM.exe scandisk.exe part.exe (ranish partiton program ) smartdrv.exe EBD.cab OAKCDrom.sys SYS.com Xcopy/Xcopy32.exe IO.sys Command.com edit.com i've found this setup to be the most helpful on any system i've worked on.


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[This message has been edited by iisbob (edited 02-24-2002).]