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Old 07-10-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
anonymous555
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Question Can I get Lnx off the net w/o a disk?


I've never installed an OS ; can I download & install Linux off the net without a disk? If not, what makes an OS different from other software? Can anyone explain? Thanks.
 
Old 07-10-2004, 09:15 PM   #2
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The closest thing i can think of to what you're describing is knoppix; it's a fully functional linux system that boots off of a CD. Though, now that I reread your post, you may have been asking why you need an install CD to install Linux. Hoo boy. You may want to start with a distro that installs onto a windows partition, like a normal windows program(I know there are some, but I forget what they're called).
 
Old 07-11-2004, 01:18 AM   #3
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Does BeOS?
 
Old 07-11-2004, 02:13 AM   #4
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umm you can get a boot floppy image off of the SuSE ftp and boot from that and do an FTP install.... but if your a complete then i would not suggest that, go with the disks if you can
 
Old 07-11-2004, 08:52 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by anonymous555
I've never installed an OS
What, not even Windows?

Quote:
what makes an OS different from other software? Can anyone explain?
The Operating System is the underlying system on which all software runs. Other software programs need the operating system to let them run. (http://dictionary.reference.com/sear...ng+system&r=67 for a description)

While you can install SuSE (and other Linux OSes) via ftp, you do need to know what you are doing. As p-static says, Knoppix may be a good choice for you - it runs entirely off the cd - no installation required (unless you want to save your settings).

Also, when you do come to burn your cds, I like to use www.linuxiso.org to get my isos. Other links you may find helpful are:
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/introtolinux.html - an introduction to Linux
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/isofaq.html - FAQs about Linux
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/verifyiso.html - how to verify your iso download is ok
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/howtoburn.html - how to burn isos to disk
www.distrowatch.org - huge number of reviews of various distros
http://www.linuxquestions.org/reviews/index.php?cat=2 - our review section

Also, in my signature is a link to the RUTE Users Tutorial and Exposition (aka RUTE - get used to self-referential acronyms. See also GNU (GNU's Not Unix) and WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) ) RUTE is an enormous book with a huge amount of Linux knowledge - it has helped a lot of people.
 
  


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