Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Install Debian from Pendrive

Okay, here's the low-down.


8 Gb Flashdrive & Debian (full); or
4 GB Flashdrive & Debian (mini or net)

I'll use instructions for full.

First off (assuming you're using an Ubuntu based distro) type in:
sudo apt-get install syslinux

this will install syslinux.

Then type:
sudo su root
mkntfs /dev/sd(x)1
- ('x' is the location of the drive (usually 'b'))
syslinux /dev/sdb1

Next, you need to extract some files. Using file-roller, open the Debian ISO (I'm using Lenny). Go to the directory "/install.386" and extract "initrd.gz", "vmlinuz", and the directory "GTK" to the root of your flash drive.

On the root of the drive, and make a new file called "syslinux.cfg". Then add the line:

default vmlinuz
append initrd=initrd.gz ramdisk_size=10240 root=/dev/rd/0 devfs=mount,dall rw DEBCONF_PRIORITY=medium

Then the final step, just copy your iso to the root of the drive.

That should be it. Hope this helps.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Updates & Stuff

Alright, as you may or may not've heard, I was making a distro. Still am, and I have a feeling that this may take a long time (~5 months). Anyhow, after that I still have to do an installer. I decided that I can't just leave it like other distro's (cdlinux anyone?). So, that being said, I'll prolly use the ReactOS or Arch Linux installer. As well, I guess I'll need an autoconfig script too, so, if anyone happens to know how to and is willing, email me! And the spec's changed too.

72 Mb Ram (8mb onboard video)
4 GB HDD (Again prolly way less, ~400Mb hoping)

And that should do it.


I am using Linux From Scratch, so I will build using the lates GCC and G++ and then after that after X.Y.0 release I will do an update, but it should for the most part be a rolling distro.

Monday, October 6, 2008

LFS - Custom Distro

Ever get tired of Linux distro's that just don't do what you want them to (Probably not). Well sometimes I do, so it has motivated me to make a custom distro. So, I guess I may as well show what I'm gonna do, hey?

Well, first off, it's just at the concept right now. I've downloaded VirtualBox, so now I can make the distro without having to logout. Here are the basics for it:

It's going to be a very light distro. Now here's what seperates it from Puppy Linux or DSL. It doesn't have a goal. It's going to be a rolling distro (Core stays the same, everything else upgrades). It's not designed to be under a certain size or run on whatever, just it needs to be light, fast, and do everyday desktop things, such as email, msn, ipod, music, pictures, etc. So, that will be included.

As far as computer specs, since it's being designed in a Fake Computer with the specs of:

128 Mb Ram
8Gb Hard Drive
8Mb onboard video

You should have no problem with those specs, and possibly only ~1.5Gb of hard drive space.

Well, that may take a bit more. The system will be ISO'd, and then you'll have to extract it to the drive via a different Linux distro (doesn't matter which), then edit your partition records manually in order to get it to work. But other than that, it should be pretty easy.

Anyhow, look forward to it :-)