[ros-dev] Fwd: 'Portable ROS'
twotailedfox at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 23:51:08 CEST 2005
What you need are Motherboards capable of booting from USB. Most early
Motherboards w/ USB didn't have the ability to boot from it.
Also, there might be a workaround for getting ROS to boot from USB. In
particular, on my Asus A8V (Before it blew), you had the option of
emulating a USB Stick as either a Floppy Disk, or a Hard Disk. IIRC,
emulated as a Floppy, you could get Freeldr off of it using AutoExec,
which would boot ROS Directly fro the USB Stick.
That's if it'll, just my 2c.
On 6/4/05, Jason Filby <jason.filby at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all
> See the mail below; I'll forward any comments on.
> Personally I think the best solution would be able to have ROS
> identify drives connected via USB and install directly onto such
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Konrad Strachan <treeonthemountainside at gawab.com>
> Date: Jun 4, 2005 2:28 PM
> Subject: 'Portable ROS'
> To: jason.filby at gmail.com
> Dear Jason Filby,
> I have been experimenting for a while with putting whole operating
> systems of removable drives for the purpose of booting a portable OS
> and interface anywhere. I have been able to do this with ReactOS, but
> it is much harder. The reason is the manner in which ROS distributions
> are released. Unless 0.3.0 differs from the last few releases, all
> that will be released is a CD iso image to install onto a hard drive
> and Qemu emulation image. Whilst these would suit most of the people
> who are interested in playing with ROS, it makes it very difficult to
> make a portable version. I initially experimented with taking the boot
> loader from the install CD and using the emulation image (and various
> other permutations..) , but I have not been able to make it work. The
> only way I have been able to make a working portable image is through
> actually burning the iso image and installing ROS onto an old hard
> drive, taking that image including the boot sector, and writing it to
> a USB drive. This worked but it was a very roundabout way of doing it.
> Furthermore, it is not a case of grafting the new distribution onto
> the boot loader I have already taken from the previous installation
> due to various changed in the boot loading code with the release of
> 0.2.6. What I am asking, is that you make available the boot loader
> from the installed version of the software with each release in an
> image file. I think a lot more people would be drawn to ROS if it
> could be used in this manner. Please let me know what you think and
> keep up the excellent work :p
> Warm Regards
> Konrad Strachan.
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