LinuxBIOS doesn't support USB pen drives or USB compact flash. It does
support ATA (IDE) flash devices.
On a normal (proprietary) BIOS:
Booting from USB is supported on many newer motherboards with a BIOS
that supports this. I use Flonix to boot from a 64MB USB pen drive:
The Flonix forums are at:
I also tried Puppy Linux (http.goosee.com/puppy/), but the USB
bootloader (syslinux 2.08) didn't work for me. Using Knoppix 3.3
2-16-2004, I was able to install it's syslinux 2.04 bootloader:
# syslinux /dev/sda1
To make Flonix bootable, you can also use the above command from
the Knoppix live CD.
(The first USB flash is /dev/sda, if there are _no_ SCSI drives.
Otherwise, USB flash is the last "SCSI" device, i.e. /dev/sdc with two
SCSI hard drives with special files /dev/sda and /dev/sdb.)
There are other Linux distributions built to be installed on a USB pen
drive or flash.
Check out http://www.linux-usb.org/
for general Linux USB information.
BTW, I sent Flavio a private e-mail to flavio_groups(a)yahoo.com.br and it
bounced. So, I'm forced to answer via the LinuxBIOS mailing list.
Ken Fuchs <kfuchs(a)winternet.com>