More recent Quantian releases, starting with 0.5.9.1, came in at over 1gb, or clearly too much for a cdrom with a typical capacity of 700mb. An earlier HOWTO detailed ways to boot Quantian on Windows using a bootable cdrom. Here, we show how the compressed iso image can be booted directly using the Windows version of the Grub bootloader as detailed in the WinPartition HOWTO at knoppix.net. Note that the procedure below was tested in the fall of 2004; I do not currently have a PC on which I can test this. The WinPartition HOWTO is probably more current.
The basic steps to set this up are as follows:
C:\BOOT.INI.backup, just in case.
C:\BOOT.INIand add a new line
If the windows version is Windows 2000, also add
c:\bootgrub="Start Grub (old method)"
C:\BOOT\GRUB\menu.lstand make changes as needed. This may be required for a non-standard disk layout, or if particular Knoppix cheatcodes are needed.
linux24, or in the case of the 2.6 kernel,
linux26, with the one from the Quantian release. On the other hand, the miniroot filesystem needs to be taken from the collection contained in the zip archive of the Windows Grub files as it contains the required ntds driver. By replacing, say, the original
linux24(from this Grub package) with the one for Quantain, we obtain the required Quantian kernel with openMosix support. (Note that booting this kernel will emit a few error messages on bootup due different kernel version labels caused by the '-om-20040808' appended to the Quantian kernel. This can be ignored -- as both kernels are 2.4.27, it actually works fine despite the warnings.