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05-21-2006, 02:35 AM
KNOPPIX crowd:

I'd like some feedback on the following idea.
A frugal install of KNOPPIX or similar liveCD to a partition with a workable OS still on it.
I'm doing this posting using Fedora 5, after previously using KNOPPIX and DSL frugals.
My grub.conf is included which summarizes all the pertinent details.
Are there some perils I don't know about?
Seems like something for nothing, doesn't it?

grub.conf follows.
Let's here from you.

# grub.conf at /dev/hda5/boot/grub/grub.conf (since last 'grub install' done from /dev/hda5)
# Setup is for 861CS Motherboard, 528M ram, Athlon 1.333Ghz; Princeton EO5 monitor

# Notes:
# 1. All OSes may refer-to and save data on hda1;
# 2. hda1,hda5,hda6 are each about 6.5G; hda7 is 1G formatted as Linux swap
# 3. 'frugal DUPLEX install' means a frugal install of one OS
# 'on' a compatibly-formatted partition maintaining a workable, but different OS;
# 4. linux kernel and initrd must agree with kernel of OS to be installed; and,
# 5. linux kernel and initrd paths are relative to the first entry for /, for example:

# title Operating system on /dev/hdaN
# pertinent OS notes go here (with # in LH column)
# root (hd0,N-1)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdaN ( ... plus other kernel options)
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img


title Fedora Core 5 Linux
# normal Fedora install on hda5 using ext3
# kernel 2.6.16 (redHat 2111); hda1,hda5,hda6 ALL initially rw
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2111_FC5 ro root=/dev/hda5 rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.16-1.2111_FC5.img

title Damn Small Linux 2.4
# frugal DUPLEX install 'to' RAMDISK using ext2; COMPRESSED img at /dev/hda6/KNOPPIX
# kernel 2.4.26; hda1,hda5,hda6 ALL initially ro; ALL may be mounted rw
# CAUTION: be wary of any DSL built-in INSTALL; it may destroy a pre-existing OS
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/linux24 fromhd=/dev/hda6 dma vga=788 frugal toram nousb nosound
initrd /boot/minirt24.gz

title KNOPPIX 4.0.2
# frugal DUPLEX install 'to' hda5 using unionfs; COMPRESSED img at /dev/hda5/KNOPPIX
# kernel 2.6.12; hda1,hda5,hda6 All initially ro; ONLY hda1,hda6 may be mounted rw
# CAUTION: be wary of any KNOPPIX built-in INSTALL; it may destroy a pre-existing OS
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/linux fromhd=/dev/hda5 nousb myconfig=/mnt/hda1 nosound dma nofirewire
initrd /boot/minirt.gz

title Windows 98SE
# normal Windows upgrade/install on hda1 using fat32
# hda1 rw, but win98SE can't see hda5,hda6,hda7 contents
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

title Fedora Core 4 Linux
# normal Fedora install on hda6 using ext3
# kernel 2.6.15 (RedHat 1833); hda1,hda5,hda6 ALL initially rw
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.1833_FC4 ro root=/dev/hda6 rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.15-1.1833_FC4.img

The notion and applications of a 'frugal DUPLEX install'
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Last Updated 20 May 2006