As I watch, Linux is installing on the wee beastie. In the end, I followed
this recipe to install from floppies:
- Install FreeDOS in a 50Mb
partition, and create another DOS partition covering the rest of
- On another machine, make a
file of the basics for a Debian install, plus loadlin.exe (30Mb) and
use split(1) to break it into floppy-sized chunks.
- Transfer to a directory (mine was C:\DEBIAN) on the Libretto one
disk at a time. It's about 24 disks.
- Combine them all back into
one zip file on the D: drive using
file1+file2+file3 ... D:\linux.zip
- unzip that onto the D: drive
- now that you've verified that the file was OK, clear out C:\DEBIAN
and move all those files back onto C:
- run the install.bat, and install from the hard disk into the space
previously taken by D:. I broke it into two partitions, one for
root and one for swap.
Be careful about partitioning. Under DOS, you don't really get to see
all the disk, the Libretto's BIOS hides the part of it that is used for
suspend-to-disk. So, when you come to partition the disk under Linux,
fill the new bit of "empty" space you find with a junk partition just to
make sure you don't do anything stupid.