Making your own dial-up ISP on a floppy disk (or boot CD)

Shane Hathaway shane at
Fri Feb 24 13:01:25 MST 2006

Michael Torrie wrote:
> I am trying to create a simple setup to allow a person to put a floppy 
> or boot CD into a drive and boot it into linux which will listen on a 
> modem (only needs to support one piece of hardware) and allow a remote 
> windows client to make a ppp connection in and access the local network.
> This seems like a very simple thing and I'd think there would already be 
> several images out there to do this.  However I'm coming up completely 
> blank.  According to google, there are some howtos but they have a 
> number of gaps in them (they mostly refer to receiving faxes) and were 
> written for RedHat 5.2 and things.  The info is still valid, but I'm 
> having a hard time putting it all together.  Does anyone know of an 
> existing floppy distro that can do this, or have any of you had 
> experience setting this up?
> Any help would be appreciated.

I would remaster Knoppix.  It is surprisingly easy and a lot of people 
do it.  I successfully removed all of the GUI software from Knoppix, 
installed my own software, and created a 120 MB CD that boots to my 

Even if you want a smaller CD, this is probably the best way to get 
started because you'll learn the basics before diving into optimization.


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