SOL_OS - Instalation

Installing SOL_OS to a blank Floppy Disk

For Windows users

For UNIX/LINUX users:

To Start SOL_OS boot your PC using this freshly created floppy disk

A note for Emulators/VM users:

Making a bootable CD-ROM with Sol_OS

You only need the os8.dsk file as an boot image. Solar OS needs no files on the rest of the CD since I do not read them from files.

You can use your favorite CD-ROM burning software in order to make a bootable CD from the os8.dsk floppy image.

Installing Sol_OS on a HDD

Installing on the HDD is experimental for now. There is no warranty that you will not loose all data on your HDD. So please take all precautions possible before even attempting to do this:

IF you are still not scared :P, let us continue...

Current limitations

Most of those limitations will be removed in the future...

The setup I use folllows... but of course you could use other setups if you understand how and why.

Steep 1: On an empty HDD create at least 2 Primary partitions

The first partition will host the executable files for the Ranish partition manager and XOSL boot manager. You can also use it to have something to browse with Solar OS.

I prefer using XOSL boot manager because with it I can switch between booting from the Solar OS partition and the FAT32 utils partition.

The seccond partition is where Solar OS will be installed. The size of this partition is irelevant as it only needs to be bigger than the OS size. Leaving 5M or 500M for it should provide enough space for future testing. However if you intent to test SOL_FS performance in the future, then maybe you should make it larger of 4G or make another Sol_FS partition right after it.

Steep 2 = Boot Sol_OS and transfer it to the HDD

After the OS has been installed you can reboot and startup Solar OS from HDD.

Take care that the OS install procedure will NOT make the partition active. So either the partition was made active at the creation time in Ranish partition manager OR XOSL will make it when you choose to boot from it. Anyway check if the partition is active :) or elese you will not be able to boot it even if you have installed the OS on it. If you use XOSL it should work by default or else again Ranish partition manager should be helpfull in marking SOL partition as active.