Trying to get help on making a bootable floppy...

John Wendel jwendel10 at
Thu Jan 13 08:25:24 UTC 2005

Phil Schaffner wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-01-12 at 08:54 -0600, Erich Noll wrote:
>>I didn't think you could do it with Fedora because there's too much code
>>to fit in 1.44 Mb .  On RHL 9 and before, the code could be crammed on 
>>floppy.  I think you have to use a CD to boot Fedora.
> Yup:
> [prs at tabb1 ~]$ ll -h /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10-1.737_FC3 /boot/initrd-2.6.10-1.737_FC3.img
> -rw-r--r--  1 root root 382K Jan 11 08:13 /boot/initrd-2.6.10-1.737_FC3.img
> -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1.4M Jan 10 14:00 /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10-1.737_FC3
> Considerably larger than a floppy.

Just for grins, I built a minimal kernel using the 2.6.10 sources, no 
modules, no network, no USB, no sound, drivers only for MY hardware. 
Just enough to rescue a sick system. The resulting kernel was 532K. 
Should work nicely on a floppy along with something like busybox. I 
realize that there is more to making a bootable floppy than just having 
a kernel. Does anyone know how to install it + a boot loader?


John Wendel

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