[SOLVED] can I install Linux from a flash drive to an internetless computer?
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Originally Posted by MTK358
I'm still curious ... why would you want Firefox on a computer without an internet connection?
I *think* the OP meant that because Windows failed, his mother-in-law no longer has internet access. I *think* he wants to restore internet access to his mother-in-law by installing GNU/Linux on her machine.
And it's a great idea. Just think, two converts for the price of one!
It'a much easier to browse source code in a text editor, and I have no clue where you got the idea that Firefox can view PDFs.
For example, when I click on a link to a PDF, it's treated like any other download and I can choose to open it in my favorite document viewer.
In both cases (PDF or as an example, source code) I find it convenient to have a bunch of browser tabs to switch through, than a whack of text editors and/or PDF viewer instances. I'm using mozplugger plugin to view the PDF embedded in Firefox. Depends how you have yours configured. (Yes OK, semantic differences - Firefox itself is not viewing the PDF.)
Anyhow, this is slightly getting off track regarding the OP question.
EDIT - and, the OP did imply that the machine would have an internet connection eventually.
exactly. a computer without internet is not much use. as mentioned before, the defunct windows installation is blocking the internet access.
this computer is pretty old, in fact it should probably be in a museum of obsolete electronics with mechanical TV's, but it's still creaking along. The old computer it replaced was something like an AMD K6 266 or such, this one is more like a pentium III, maybe a weak P4. I haven't really delved into it as I try to get away from there as soon as we drop off the kids on Friday. hmmmm, maybe I should just load win 3.1 on it, then a 98se upgrade...but I think I'll check out Lubuntu first.
problemo - I burned iso's for ubuntu and lubuntu to cd's, configured the computer to boot from CD and disabled the other boot drives, and I got an error message that said something about non-system disc or disc error. If the other boot drives were not disabled it just booted to windows with the CD in the tray. What did I do wrong?
If the OP's interested: a burning program I used to use on WindowsXP was "Infra-recorder". It worked great, easy to use, and is a free program. There are others if you prefer something else or can't find that one by searching a little.
ok, so I have downloaded infra-recorder, and am trying to burn a disc image at the moment. but....can I use the iso file I have downloaded on my hard drive to burn this iso image, or do I have to do something with it first?