This page is for a triple-boot live/install/rescue disk image for Alpine Linux, OpenBSD, and Plan9front. It uses a GRUB 2 BIOS bootloader and contains the installation media for 64-bit PC hardware. I am fully aware no one else will probably ever use this. Still curious what people think of it.
You may download it here from me: B2FE F283 486C 2B0C DD52 78F2 8BF5 8D1F BEC9 6281.
Once the image is decompressed and written to a USB flash drive of at least 2 GB size, it should boot to a screen something like this:
From this screen you can select any of the three OS's installation media.
This is an example in qemu but it should work on any 64-bit PC type computer with BIOS support:
qemu-system-x86_64 -enable-kvm -drive if=virtio,file=boot.img,format=raw
Selecting Alpine Linux should boot about exactly the same as the official Alpine "Extended" ISO:
Alpine is a simply made, minimal, secure distro in particular for people already familiar with Linux.
Booting OpenBSD is similar:
I had to manually mount the disk with the image on it to access the file sets for installation. This project needs to be able to multiboot the three OSes, but I am open to suggestions of a more secure bootloader to use, as OpenBSD focuses on security research.
9front takes a bit more finesse to boot in qemu:
From here it's the same "livecd" and you can run inst/start to install. Plan 9 from Bell Labs was originally intended for research as well, extending the principles of the Unix Philosophy of software design.