Ubuntu install from floppy/network
raphael.berbain at free.fr
Fri Mar 18 10:18:31 UTC 2005
* Jeroen Janssen:
> Is it possible to boot the Ubuntu install from floppy? (and then retrieve
> the rest from the network).
I think it's not possible at the moment. That is, there are no
official installation floppy images available.
> I have a system without a CD-drive and I would like to install
> Ubuntu on it.
Have a look at http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/InstallHowTos, and the
pages linked from there. You might be able to find some method that
fits your situation.
- Install Debian from floppies+network, then dist-upgrade to Ubuntu.
Downside: I don't know how far away you'll be from a pure Ubuntu
install - I think Debian->Ubuntu upgrade is not supported, though
some reports seem to indicate it's possible.
- Install from another distribution, either hard-drive installed or
live. In your case, since you can't use a CD, a live CD
distribution won't help. I am still looking for a floppy-based
distribution suitable for this task (e.g. tomsrtbt+debootstrap).
Downside: You need to work a little bit harder to do it this way
compared to a CD install (you'll need to partition/format your
drives manually, and learn how to use debootstrap).
- Install from the network using PXE boot. Google a mix of PXE,
install, boot, linux, ubuntu and debian yields quite a handful of
interesting pages. Downside: You need a PXE boot capable target
machine and another box that acts as a BOOTP/TFTP server. Upside
is once this works, you'll get to use the regular Ubuntu installer.
 If the target box doesn't support PXE natively, it might be
possible to boot it from a floppy crafted to setup PXE boot. See
http://www.etherboot.org. One more step to get right in the
chain, though, and I think for the time being it doesn't support
PCMCIA NICs. I also read somewhere something about Grub and PXE,
but didn't investigate any further. Yet another step in the
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