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Old 07-25-2004, 07:41 AM   #1
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Question Floppy Install


I want to install linux on a computer that only has a floppy drive and hard drive. I want a distro that is as complete as possible and that should be able to support networking in the future. booting from floppy every time is not an options, everything needs to be installed to the hard drive.

Any suggestions ?
 
Old 07-25-2004, 07:49 AM   #2
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Need a little more info (ram, processor speed , hd capacity) and any thing else relevant.

 
Old 07-25-2004, 07:59 AM   #3
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pentium 120mhz, 64mb ram, 2.1gb hd
 
Old 07-25-2004, 08:25 AM   #4
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Debian has instructions on how to install linux using only floppies and a network connection. Click here for instructions.

Be aware that Debian is not the most user-friendly of distros. I wouldn't be trying to use KDE or GNOME on a Pentium-120 either.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 08:32 AM   #5
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I came across that page, but as I said, the pc does not have a network card...

i'm not planning on using kde or gnome, probably fluxbox
 
Old 07-25-2004, 08:58 AM   #6
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there are some diffrent dists that you can look at .. theres a dist i think is called linux-floppy (kinda simple isnt it ) .. but i would think you sould considere getting or borrwing a cdrom drive or a netcard.. to install a linux from scratch or take a look at picobsd .. even though its kinda (old)h
 
Old 07-25-2004, 09:06 AM   #7
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Originally posted by kater0000
I came across that page, but as I said, the pc does not have a network card...
Do you have a modem? I've installed a debian system using nothing but some floppies and a dial-up internet connection before. The "network card" requirement isn't 100% accurate if you know what you're doing.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 11:03 AM   #8
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Might want to look at basic linux. It's a floppy install based on Slackware 7.1
It resides on the DOS partition has a base system, rudimentary X and pcmcia support. Grey cat linux is also a good one but requires 10-12 floppies to install. I have basic linux on an ancient 486 laptop and it runs great Nice thing about it you can add packages with the standard Slackware pkg command as needed.
Hope this helps.


 
Old 08-07-2004, 04:54 AM   #9
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Do you have a modem? I've installed a debian system using nothing but some floppies and a dial-up internet connection before. The "network card" requirement isn't 100% accurate if you know what you're doing.
so how exactly did you do it? the modem install i mean, because i find this poorly documented
 
  


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