Install Alpine on VMware
- Create a virtual machine (linux, other 2.6 32 bit)
- the vm doesn't need a hard drive
- add a cdrom to the vm that points to the alpine iso you downloaded
- add a floppy (choose new floppy image and give it a file name to create a fake floppy image on your machine)
- boot into the vm
- press f2 on boot to enter the BIOS
- warning: this can be a real timing trick. I had to disconnect the cd and floppy and try several times to get into the bios screen before it started trying to network boot
- change the boot order so that it boots from cd, then hd, then floppy (or whatever - as long as cd is first)
- boot the machine
- now run the following commands:
- mkfs.vfat /dev/fd0
- mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
- lbu ci floppy
If the VM hangs at the boot prompt, reboot the VM, and when the boot prompt appears again, type "grsec pax_nouderef" and press Enter. This should allow normal boot-up.
Now you should be able to reboot and it should retain your settings because they were saved to your floppy.