RULE and Slinky

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RULE

RULE is an acronym for: Run Up2date Linux Everywhere. It is dedicated to install FEDORA on low memory PCs. Read more about it at: The RULE-Project.

The new SLINKY Builder Guide comming soon.

System overview of SLINKY:

Slinky-0.5.05c for Fedora Core 5 FC5

07.08.2006

These are the minor changes compared to slinky-0.5.05b:

If you want to try it, download here:

Slinky-0.5.05b for Fedora Core 5 FC5

13.07.2006, 24.07.2006

These are the news:

The ISO-image was build with the script makeiso.sh from the devel-tarball.

If you want to try it, download here:

Slinky-0.5.05a for Fedora Core 5 FC5

30.03.2006, 07.04.2006

These are the news:

You can get the boot-floppy and copy it to a floppy with: dd if=slinky-0.5.05a-disk1.img of=/dev/fd0.

You can create the boot-floppy yourself using the develop tarball.

If you want to install via network you first need to load the right modules for your hardware. You find many modules in the slinky-0.5.05-modules.img.bz2 but it is too big to fit on a single floppy. You can try this slinky-0.5.05-modules1.img that fits on one floppy. It contains some popular net-modules and those needed to use nfs.

Here are install.logs from different SLINKY-installation-methods

These are the config files used to build the components

To discuss about the RULE-Project or report experiences with the Slinky-Installer please use the RULE-Mailing-List.

Older versions of Slinky

Slinky-0.5.04 for Fedora Core 4 FC4

13.01.2006

Due to an installation report at the RULE-Mailing List I changed the package-lists for the installation to be consistent - but they aren't. The only working package selection as far as I have tested is the base-selection. It seems to me that package xinitrc-4.0.18-1.noarch.rpm from disc1 is depending on xorg-x11-6.8.2-31.i386.rpm from disc2 by depending on /usr/X11R6/bin/sessreg and /usr/X11R6/bin/xsetroot and vice versa. Don't know how to resolve this situation. There is one other report concerning problems when installing from ftp-source waiting to be resolved.

You can get the boot-floppy and copy it to a floppy with: dd if=slinky-0.5.04-disk1.img of=/dev/fd0.

This is the corresponding develop tarball.

Slinky-0.5.03 for Fedora Core 4 FC4

13.09.2005

If you want to install FC4 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure.

The news are:

Slinky-0.5.02 for Fedora Core 4 FC4

01.07.2005

If you want to install FC4 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure.

The news are:

Slinky-0.5.01 for Fedora Core 3 aka FC3

13.06.2005

If you want to install FC3 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure:

The news are:


Old images and tar-files from below are not available online due to limited quota.


Slinky-0.4.08 for Fedora Core 3 aka FC3

04.06.2005

If you want to install FC3 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure:

The news are:

If I get positive feedback I will try to merge this version with the meanwhile published version SLINKY-v0.5.0 to provide alternative package-listes.

Slinky-0.4.07 for Fedora FC3

28.11.2004

If you want to install Fedora FC3 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure:

The news are:

Localized Keymaps

In older versions Slinky only provided the builtin US keybord mapping of the LINUX-Kernel. If you don't have an US keybord it can be very frustrating to find the right keys to enter "yes" or "/" or "-" or whatever is needed while installing. Here you find a description to add the mapping you are used to: english deutsch.

Slinky-0.4.06 for Fedora FC3

13.11.2004

If you want to install Fedora FC3 on a low memory PC where anaconda doesn't work, try this procedure:

Slinky-0.4.05 for Fedora FC3-test3 - work in progress

03.11.2004

You should only use these files if you like to experiment. There are many new things, that are untested and need testing.

The news are:

To create the boot-floppy download the devel-tree, unpack it and execute ./makedisk.sh in the toplevel-directory. To use the boot-floppy copy the Floppy-Boot-Image to a floppy: dd if=slinky-0.4.05-disk1.img of=/dev/fd0.

The following package-lists are used by slinky-0.4.05 to install the Fedora FC3-test3 rpms:

If you are interested in the components, here are the .config files I used:

Take a look at Making Linux Installation Disks for Fun and Profit for a fine collection of informatin to create a boot-floppy for LINUX-installation on small systems.

Slinky-0.4.04 for Fedora FC3-test3 - old

19.10.2004

You sould only use these files if you like to experiment. There are many new things, that need testing.

The news are:

To create the boot-floppy download the devel-tree. See recent comments on the RULE-Mailinglist.

If you are interested in the components, here are the .config files I used:

Slinky-0.4.03 for Fedora FC3-test3 - old

16.10.2004

You sould only use these files if you like to experiment. The resulting installation does boot, but has errors.

To create the boot-floppies download the devel-tree. See recent comments on the RULE-Mailinglist. you cannot create a bootable cdrom from it.

If you are interested in the components, here are the .config files I used:

More installation methods for Fedora FC2 with Slinky-0.4.02 - old

24.09.2004

If you want to install Fedora FC2 on a low memory pc you can use the slinky-0.4.02 boot floppies. Slinky offers different ways of installation. You need the two floppies to start the installation and you need at least the first CD of FC2: FC2-i386-disc1.iso.

You can use one of the following installation methods:

The default method is cdrom.

The installation methods via LAN are limited to few network-devices and you have to setup the network manually from the second virtual console with:

  1. modprobe _driver_
  2. ifconfig eth0 _ip-address_

You can download the floppies here

If you are interested in the components, here are the .config files I used:

If you want to modify the floppies take a look at the devel-tree. But you cannot create a bootable cdrom from it.

Install Fedora FC2 with Slinky-0.4.01, a first try - old

16.09.2004

There were some questions at the rule-mailinglist, when it would be possible to install Fedora FC2 with slinky. With the following floppy-images you can do this. RedHat 9 was dropped and replaced by Fedora FC2.

The main changes in order to install Fedora FC2 are the new package-lists. I tried to find the corresponding FC2-package to every RedHat 9 one and grouped them according to the 4 CDs of FC2. I think you need at least FC2 CD1-3 to get a working system because lilo is on FC2 CD3. Take a look at the packages file. You can use '--' to comment lines.

Busybox rpm is used to bootstrap rpm-4.3.1 from FC2

Please keep in mind that I only tested booting with first floppy, second-stage-script on second floppy and Fedora FC2 rpms on cdrom. Any other installation type might be simply unusable.

If you want to create the floppies yourself or change them, use the file slinky-devel-0.4.01.tar.bz2. It contains all the necessary files exept the directory rule_iso which I didn't use. If you need it, take it from the slinky-v0.3.96 archive.

Slinky-Disks with busybox-1.00-rc3, kernel-2.6.8.1 and dialog - old

These are the two slinky boot-disks with new components.


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