Remember that this a newbie answering you. I'm only one month user of Linux
in a more serious way. I did get an Ubuntu 6.04 some year ago but felt it was
to oslow and too big for my purpose so I tried out DSL and failed to get it to
work with my ethernet card.
So June 29 or so David from Canada told me about Puppy Linux and I didn't
remember it then but have found out that I had a chance to know it already
1.5 years ago but I had neer done a burn iso to cd thing and failed both times
me tried so I forgot all about it.
But David was patient and teached me how to use BurnCdcc which worked
very efficient and I burned cd after cd and tested almost all linux there is.
Any way. Puppy had in its installer something named frugal install.
I had no idea what it was but tested it and it worked after some tweking.
My hdd is named sda1 and not hda1. the devil in the details. And to top it
all on my set up one should put all the files in subdirectory while they usually
only recommend two files there.
Any way. To answer your question. I am not sure how to describe it.
We could read the wiki together. I'm sure of you get more out of the official texts
about than I do cause I barely get around in Linux. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_Small_Linux#Boot_options
"Boot options are also called "cheat codes" in DSL, Knoppix and Morphix."
"'Frugal' installation: DSL's 'cloop' image is installed, as a single file, to a hard disk partition. This is likely more reliable and secure than a traditional hard drive installation, since the cloop image cannot be directly modified; any changes made are only stored in memory and discarded upon rebooting."
I tried to get others interested in the linuxquestions forum. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/frugal-install-for-different-distros-of-linux.-657994/
I've done it with Puppy linux, NimbleX linux and SliTaz Linux but failed on GoblinX Linux.
Vector is the top distro or second runner up distro for me. Competing with Nimblex.
So I am very eager to use it in frugal install.
Why one want to do such odd thing? Cause it is very practical and it works when it works
and one can use it on LapTops that have hidden partitions that get broken warranty for
restore of Windows XP or vista if one tamper with partitions.
I tried to do partition on the computer I use now but it failed. The defragger failed to make
it ready for resizing of windows. so that is one more reason. My only chance to use linux
apart from from usb or CD or DVD.
Have I answered your question?
Oups forgot to link you to Lin'nWin site. I try to find link soon.
Here it is. http://www.icpug.org.uk/national/linnwin/step00-linnwin.htm
The Lin'N'WinNewB Project is for the Windows user, (XP or 9x), who wants to try Linux BUT does not want to give up, or compromise, their Windows installation. It's Linux 'n' Windows together!
It make use of Grub,
WUBI for Ubuntu is kind of similar. They too make use of a menu.list where you enter things
like I have in my OP orginal post. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_Small_Linux#Boot_options