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Opening midinux

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Monday 9 May 2016, by Benoît

I’ll not give all the shell instructions in this set of posts. You’re on your mainly own.

If you have setup everything including a mirror with specific binaries and a new Lenny iso CD image with network/X11 support, please just send a mail at and I’ll add a link somewhere.

Yet but not least, since all this is collaborative works, many thanks to:

- Owendia:

- Sir koolwal:

- wireless-linux people,

- many missed! Oops. If you feel I didn’t cite your source, please send in a kind notice at the above mentioned mail address. I’ll do my best to let the free sources get some reward.

This tuto took much time to gather information and went back and forth in the process of having a clear line on which steps should be taken or not, and the fastest (because what we all want to do is only use a device, not strugle with it). So give feedback and/or links it if it helped too. Thanks!

We need to get access to the base system. Browsing on the internet may provide you quite a few ways. Here’s my way of doing it, others are just fine too.

We need to get a terminal (convenience, etc). So we’ll edit a hildon file in openOffice. Launch OOo, edit the file. As far as I’m concerned, at the time of this writing the SFR Store is still not working so I’m not bothered about scrapping it out.

Once this is done, reboot! Your xterm item will be in the menu.

Get your two USB keys. On the first one, put the lenny kernel and initrd.gz file. Once done, grab the other one and copy the CD1 from lenny CD install. You might want to create a partition on this key prior to that.

Edit the /etc/fstab file so that sdb1 is not mounted anymore.

Copy the kernel and initrd images to /boot on the M! from the first key.

Edit the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file and add an entry for the debian install kernel

We have opened the box, we can now reboot into the debian install procedure if your second key containing the lenny CD1 is ready.

Proceed to a standard Lenny install. I’ll keep the hda1 for midinux, partition and use hdb as root and swap for the debian and the 4Go microCD card for /usr (/usr/src will require room!).

Ignore warning messages such as "you don’t have network". We’ll take care of that quite early in this how-to.