Install Linux through network using a CF card as an install boot media. If you don't have a CF card, you may boot an installer with PXE since the NIC of Libretto L5 is PXE capable. PXE is avalable on Linux environment with free softwares. Please refer syslinux and related documents(ex. pxelinux.doc). They are usually included in a Linux distribution as default.
1.Making a boot CF card
You can also format a CF card in Win bootable and boot, then boot Linux using loadlin.exe.
2.Boot -> install
1)Backup original card image
Regardless of original size of card, it will be formatted as 1.44M or 2.88M disk by overwriting the partition table. To recover the card, you should backup the original whole image. In case recognized card device is /dev/hde, do the following command.
2)Write in boot FD image to CF
Write an FD image of network install ('bootnet.img' here) into the CF card by 'dd' command:
dd if=bootnet.img of=/dev/hde
3.Create share partition
|1)||Insert CF to the PCMCIA slot of Libretto and do CF boot. The installer will be booted and you can perform regular network installation.
|2)||Easy and quick way to install is with ftp from other PC with install CD mounted or downloaded images located.
|3)||I only made root('/') partition for Linux (not /boot, /usr, /home and so no) to save size. Maybe it's not the best way.
c)Leave 1GB space for share partition with WinXP.
|4)||Installed a boot selector on MBR of /dev/hda. I chosen Grub this time, but lilo will work, too.
4.Mounting the share partition
|1)||Reboot and boot WinXP up.|
|2)||Using WinXP's system tool, create VFAT partition on the left 1GB space for sharing data.|
|3)||Format the VFAT partition.|
To access the share partition from Linux, add the following line to /etc/fstab file.
/dev/hda4 /mnt/dosd vfat defaults 0 0