Re: [stella] interesting supercharger/mp3 challenge

Subject: Re: [stella] interesting supercharger/mp3 challenge
From: Rob <kudla@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 10:40:21 -0500
On Wednesday 03 March 2004 08:54, KirkIsrael@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Another random question: does anyone know of a free laptopable
> OS that can be A. installed via floppy and B. powerful enough
> to support wav feedback? I thought FreeDOS might be it, but

Have you gone back and looked at earlier freedos 9 release 
candidates?  RC1 does have a basic floppy install (3 disks.)

If that doesn't work, there are a ton of Linux boot floppies that 
would probably fit the bill, though I don't think I'd want to 
install a fullblown Linux distro with desktop apps that way.

I'm certain you could get one of those floppy-based distros to 
boot a kernel with audio support, busybox (tiny replacement for 
shell and most common commands), sox (for wav playback), makewav 
and lame (for mp3 encoding) using a single floppy.  There are a 
lot of 2-floppy variants too for slightly more stuff. 

Specifically, the "One Floppy MP3 Player" listed at this page 
might be a good place to start:

Of course if your notebook has network support, nearly every 
distro will let you install it over the internet using a network 
boot floppy, an image of which is usually included on the boot 

Finally, if you'd rather go the DOS route and don't mind playing 
a little fast and loose with copyright it's not exactly tough to 
find MS-DOS 6.22, IBM DOS 7, DR-DOS etc. install sets floating 
around the net.


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