Thanx for all input - I'm sorry the post didn't say FC3 was what I downloaded, I had asked the same question in a number of linux irc rooms previously so I must have thought I put that in - my bad, apologies apologies.
I do thank you for the link pongmaster, but I'd actually already seen several posts/copies of that already which is why I was worried :.)
I did start to wonder after posting here and reading more, if it may have had something to do with the version I got so TY TY Electro for verifying that the versions are in fact different sizes. Mine was 2.9 for FC3, I checked the md5 number the toast program came up with against the one posted on the red hat fedora project site:
<To install from a DVD that you plan to burn, download the following ISO image files:
For x86-compatible (32-bit): FC3-i386-DVD.iso (md5sum: ca49964739f84848ca78fc03662272fb)
For x86_64 (64-bit AMD64, EM64T):
FC3-x86_64-DVD.iso (md5sum: 2786a751df919f340d967a4833b63b16)
Note: If you are using HTTP or FTP to download, some download clients cannot handle the DVD image because it is larger than 4 gigabytes. Please refer to the documentation of your download client for details. >
the numbers matched exactly, so I took a chance and burned the iso to DVD, now when I check the file size on the DVD it says 1.99G... good gravy what gives now?
+a semi-related question if I may: can I do a test install of it on a sepreate partition, say the D part of my win98 fat32 drive? Meaning without reformatting/partioning and stuff? Its a 20gig slice of a 40gig drive with just files on it that I won't miss if I have to erase them.
Thanks for the help all~