Opened 11 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#597 closed task (fixed)

Floppy Boot Helper

Reported by: CarolineM Owned by: sdz
Priority: Unspecified by Maintainer Milestone: Unspecified
Component: Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) Version: Unspecified
Severity: Major Keywords:
Cc: Distribution/OS: Unspecified
Bug Status: New

Description

the Sugar on a Stick page gives a link to a product that might enable us to start a boot from a Floppy.

You can also use the "PLoP Boot Manager" to create a boot floppy for machines without the ability to boot from CD or USB, see:

*

http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/No_native_BIOS_support

This would be very useful. The problem with CDs is that you have to have the computer on to get the CD Drawer open, then reboot it, making it annoying. A Floppy would be much easier for the school to use.

This ticket is a request to create a Floppy Boot Helper image that works with SoaS Fedora

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by FGrose

  • Bug Status changed from Unconfirmed to New
  • Distribution/OS changed from Unspecified to SoaS
  • Type changed from defect to task

comment:2 follow-up: Changed 11 years ago by CarolineM

comment:3 in reply to: ↑ 2 Changed 11 years ago by bogstad

I strongly suspect that

http://www.solemnwarning.net/kexec-loader/

would be a good way to provide this functionality. I haven't used
it, but it claims to do exactly what is desired in a pretty generic
way. If it works as advertised, it should be possible to use
an unmodified SoaS, by just pointing the config files for kexec-loader at the vmlinuz0 and initrd0.img files on the USB stick.

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by bogstad

Just wanted to update this bug. I've been working on using kexec-loader as I previously suggested. A proof of concept solution now exists and I'm working with CarolineM to get it tested at GPA.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by sdz

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

For reference: http://people.sugarlabs.org/~bogstad/floppy/

Please make sure to document the ways of using it in the wiki. I'm closing this for now as part of a recent bug triaging session. Make sure to re-open it in case this is still unfinished.

Thanks!

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by sascha_silbe

  • Distribution/OS changed from SoaS to Unspecified

Bulk change distribution=SoaS -> component=SoaS

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