Create a Bootable Compact Flash
Creating a bootable Alpine Linux Compact Flash (CF)
This process applies to Alpine Linux 1.9.0 or later, and results in a run-from-ram style installation.
In order to follow this document, you will need:
- Alpine Linux CD-ROM (Download a .iso file containing an Alpine release.)
- Computer with CF card reader
- CF card
- Note: Some CF card readers have problems with the faster CF cards on the market. If you experience problems booting the CF card even after checking BIOS settings, you may need to use an older card.
This include has become obsolete.
Many CF card readers don't support DMA correctly, so you may need to add nodma to the append line of the syslinux.cfg file.
Alpine Linux has some special applications that helps you to use it in the way you want.
Some of the first scripts you are suggested to use is:
- setup-alpine (Configures all basic things on your Alpine Linux)
- setup-acf (was named setup-webconf before Alpine 1.9 beta 4) (Configures ACF (webconfiguration) so you can manage your box through https)
Other useful pages
- Configure Networking
- Setting up a ssh-server (Using ssh is a good way to administer your box remotely)
- Package Management (apk) (How to add/remove packages on your Alpine)
- Init System (rc) (Configure a service to automatically boot at next reboot)
- Alpine local backup (lbu) (Permanently store your modifications in case your box needs reboot)