I did not react pleasantly upon reading this. Maybe it was well intentioned, maybe it wasn't. I can't tell the difference in a text-based post. Sorry if I'm taking it wrong, but I've come to expect an elitist attitude from Linux users, and that comment sounded pretty elitist to me.
Anyway, that idea won't work. The hard drive physically won't fit in a newer laptop. Zip disks and floppies are pretty much all that will work without a great deal of trouble. Trust me, I've considered all my options.
I've been thinking, though, maybe I'll boot to a Slackware floppy, format the HD, and copy the image off a Zip disk onto the HD. Then I should [theoretically] be able to just install from the HD itself, without needing Zip support during DSL install.
Murphy will prolly make sure that doesn't actually work in practice, but I'ma try it anyway.