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Creating bootable Linux disks.

Start with this page ftp://ftp.tux.org/pub/people/kent-robotti/looplinux/, especially the makedisk readme.

See also http://electron.phys.dal.ca/Bootdisk-HOWTO-13.html.

Minimize the duplication between this and WhatIsARootDisk.


A Linux bootable disk can be created in dos or Linux -- does that mean the disk can be formatted as msdos (fat16) (or ext2)?

From what I've found recently, I believe a boot disk is typically msdos format, and a root disk is neither msdos or ext2 (AFAICT so far).





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  • (rhk) All "boot diskettes" are not equal!; ; - has a table that lists the four types of boot disks and descriptions of each (and links to instructions for making each):
    • Kernel Disk -- Linux kernel only, you "have to use rdev to preset the kernel's startup parameters (most notably the location of the root file system)"
    • Boot Floppy -- boot sector only
    • Emergency Boot -- boot sector, boot loader, and kernel -- this might be the minimum I need to put on a dos / Windows drive to serve as a boot loader
    • Rescue/Repair Disk -- boot sector, boot loader, kernel, and root filesystem


  • () RandyKramer - 19 Feb 2003
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