On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Ray Davison <ray...@charter.net> wrote:
> Rugxulo wrote:
>> In other words, what specifically are you trying to do? What files do
>> you need on there? What machines / environments are you trying to use?
> I use a floppy to boot a machine for maintenance and occasionally to run
> SYS from.  All I need FreeDOS to put on there is KERNEL and COMMAND,
> I'll take it from there.

So you already have your own FDISK and FORMAT utils? So literally all
you need is SYS to make a boot sector? Plus the obligatory kernel
(presumably 8086 / FAT32) and shell (LFN-aware? DESCRIPT.ION? XMS
swap?)? No memory managers (EMS, XMS, DPMI)? No other drivers (RAM
disk, mouse, CD, software cache, networking)?

I'm just saying, an ultra minimal boot disk is not very useful to 99%
of the world.

If you can boot up an emulator (e.g. VirtualBox or QEMU) or use
similar tools (Mtools on Linux, see Wikipedia), you can roll your own
from the FD 1.1 .iso.

P.S. I made my own minimal floppy .img recently, but I'm honestly
waiting to hear back from Jim Hall whether he thinks it's totally
useless or not! My previous mentions of it didn't gather any
suggestions or comments, so it's fair to say that most people can
handle themselves or are just too busy. Older attempts of mine for
making a bootable floppy are somewhat old these days (circa 2008 or
2009), but they're still on my homepage. Are you desperate enough to
use an "ancient" release or must it have whatever is new and "latest"?

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