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Contents of README.TXT:
These are root-install disks for Slackware 8.1.

If you are unable to boot the Slackware installation CD directly, you'll
need create these floppy disks in order to load the installer.  In the past,
there's only been one rootdisk floppy called "color.gz", but now there are
5 floppy images, and you'll need all five of them.  The reason for this is
that the size of the installer image after compression has exceeded 1.44MB,
and the kernel can either load a compressed rootdisk image, or an uncompressed
one that spans multiple floppy images.

> Mini FAQ:
> Q.  But I just want something like the old color.gz that I can load
>     as an initrd from the hard drive with LILO, or syslinux, or loadlin.
> A.  I think what you're looking for is:  isolinux/initrd.img
>     This is a self contained, gzipped initrd like the old color.gz.

In addition to the install images, you'll also need a bootdisk.  See the
bootdisks directory for those.

To create a floppy disk from one of these images, use the RAWRITE command on
DOS or Windows.  For example, to make the first rootdisk image (install.1),
you'd put a formatted 1.44MB floppy in your floppy drive, and then run this


There are several versions of RAWRITE provided to handle most versions of DOS
and Windows.  If one version doesn't seem to work, try another.

To make the floppy images under Linux, use the "cat" command to send them to
the floppy device.  This command will make the first install disk:

cat install.1 > /dev/fd0

Here's a description of the disk images in this directory:


install.{1-5} These are the default Slackware installation disks, used to
              install Slackware Linux to its own partition.  NOTE: The 'dialog'
              program used by the install system is not forgiving of extra
              keystrokes entered between screens, so type carefully.

There's also these supplemental hardware support disk images, used in
conjunction with one of the disks above:

pcmcia.dsk    This supplemental disk provides support for laptop devices.  It
              allows installing through a network or CD-ROM drive card.  To
              use this disk to scan for PCMCIA devices (this is only done if
              you need to use them DURING the installation), you enter 'pcmcia'
              after loading the 'install' disks and logging in.

network.dsk   This supplemental disk provides support for ethernet cards. To
              use this disk to scan for network devices (this is only done if
              you need to use them DURING the installation), you enter 'network'
              after loading the 'install' disks and logging in.

And finally, there is a "rescue" image, since we don't want to be required to
load 5 rootdisks every time we need to get a Linux prompt from floppy disks to
fix something:

rescue.dsk    This is a BusyBox-based rescue disk for Linux.  It is a
              reasonably complete mini-Linux system running from a four
              megabyte ramdisk, and contains an editor (vi), networking tools
              like ifconfig, route, telnet, ping, and wget, and other tools that
              might be handy for fixing your Linux machine if you ever get locked
              out for some reason, or any time you just need to boot Linux to
              "edit something quickly".

Icon  Name                                     Last modified      Size  
[DIR] Parent Directory - [   ] RAWRITE.EXE 12-May-1995 03:23 35K [   ] RAWRITE12.DOC 01-Dec-1997 02:21 2.1K [   ] RAWRITE12.EXE 01-Dec-1997 02:21 13K [   ] RAWRITE13.EXE 12-May-1995 03:23 35K [   ] RAWRITENT.DOC 29-Aug-2000 10:23 6.0K [   ] RAWRITENT.EXE 29-Aug-2000 10:26 24K [   ] RAWRITEXP.EXE 29-Dec-2001 05:47 200K [TXT] README.TXT 13-Jun-2002 05:43 3.3K [   ] color.gz 17-Jun-2002 00:41 2.2M [   ] install.1 17-Jun-2002 00:40 1.4M [   ] install.2 17-Jun-2002 00:40 1.4M [   ] install.3 17-Jun-2002 00:40 1.4M [   ] install.4 17-Jun-2002 00:40 1.4M [   ] install.5 17-Jun-2002 00:40 1.4M [   ] install.zip 17-Jun-2002 00:40 2.5M [   ] install.zip.README 11-Jun-2002 00:37 16K [   ] network.dsk 09-Jun-2002 20:32 1.4M [TXT] network.dsk.README 23-Mar-2002 02:27 1.3K [   ] pcmcia.dsk 08-May-2002 12:30 1.4M [TXT] pcmcia.dsk.README 06-Apr-2002 23:05 1.2K [   ] rescue.dsk 19-Jun-2002 15:43 1.1M [TXT] rescue.dsk.README 10-Jun-2002 23:38 637

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