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Old 05-16-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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install linux without burning iso's to CD ? (fedora2)


Hey guys and girls. as you may or may not be aware, the fedora core 2 cd's have been released to mirrors, and are due to be anounced and made available on the 18th or this month.
they have been released early on bittorrent (see /.)

anyways.
im wasting far to many cd's burning linux distro's
(i currently have redhat9 fedora core 1, knoppix, DSL)

is there a way i can install linux without burning the iso's to cd ?

maybe by booting a rescue floppy, (or fedora core 1 cd 1 in rescue mode) (i have 2 cd-drives)

mounting the iso's with with 'mount -o loop'

and starting the install rpocess that way ?

can this be done ?

does nayone anticipate any problems ?

and will i have to chroot ?

any hyperlinks or surgestins would be greatfully recieved.

thankyou.
 
Old 05-16-2004, 10:47 PM   #2
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Why don't you cdrw?
 
Old 05-17-2004, 01:59 AM   #3
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Dont know nothing about fedora, but I can tell you thats the way I install my Debian

http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst

One minimal CD/floppy... internet connection... and you are good to go.
 
Old 05-17-2004, 02:26 AM   #4
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You can "in theory" mount them as loop devices, but that's a ton of work. Mostly because you have to set up your system to virtualize the loop devices and so on. The "easy" way to do it is to set the disks on the loopbacks, then reboot and set up your install to read the loopback devices. Still a pain, though.

Personally, if you have a few bucks and the time and skill, I'd load them onto USB pendrives (or whatever they're called now), and do it that way. That needs a fairly new system, though, to boot from them.

On the upside, maybe you can figure out a nice way to give those old CD's to friends as beer coasters, or something.
 
Old 05-17-2004, 07:01 AM   #5
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Re: how to install without a cd-rom?

* From: Marius Andreiana <mandreiana rdslink ro>
* To: For testers of Fedora Core development releases <fedora-test-list redhat com>
* Subject: Re: how to install without a cd-rom?
* Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 14:57:03 +0300

On Wed, 2004-03-31 at 12:10, Jim Wildman wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Mar 2004, Marius Andreiana wrote:
>
> > How to install FC2 on systems without CD-ROM? (e.g. from HDD or network)
> >
> > Please document how to use PXE boot in order to start install from
> > network.
>
> Grab the vmlinuz and initrd from the boot.iso and put them in /boot with
> an appropriate stanza in grub.conf.
forgot to mention: blank hdd (or with ms windows)

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i found that on the redhat site, but that is all i find on the topic, so i assume it MUST be possible.

could you explain more about what you mean by
Quote:
The "easy" way to do it is to set the disks on the loopbacks, then reboot and set up your install to read the loopback devices. Still a pain, though.
ive found lots of how-to's about installing from iso images, (i have a spare hard drive i will store the iso's while i install)

usually they talk about putting the iso's on a seperate machine, as an NFS share.
then using a network enables boot floppy to mount the NFS and install prob iso's

this is what i need to do, except i will not need the network enables part, i will mount a primary slave VFAT disk, not an NFS share.

however some steps in the how-to are specific to the slackware distro.
im trying to do it with fedora core 2.

thanks for the help so far though.... keeeeep in coming
 
Old 05-17-2004, 07:30 AM   #6
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You can install FC with just the ISOs saved to the hard drive.
https://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/...allmethod.html
https://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/...nstall-hd.html
 
Old 05-17-2004, 07:45 AM   #7
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yeah great, thats what i needed to know...

thanks alot for the link.
i knew there had to be any easy solution somwhere
 
Old 05-17-2004, 07:48 AM   #8
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i think i will attampt the FTP install method.
that way i will not need to download things i dont need (like gnome and all its devel tools)

hopefully tomorroy when fedora2 is released, there will also be a boot floppy image, and network driver floppy available.

thanks.
 
Old 05-17-2004, 04:29 PM   #9
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I tried installing Fedora Core test 3 on an old PC I'm planning on turning into a server. This time, I downloaded the ISOs into a directory, set it up as an NFS share, burned the first ISO onto CD-R and booted the old PC off that.

For the full lowdown, visit Daniel Owen's HOWTO at FedoraNEWS.ORG - it worked for me, except I'd probably make a boot floppy next time instead of using up a CD-R.

(As it happens, I'm going to wipe the hard drive and install FC2 (final) when it comes out any time now, but it was a useful experiment...)

Tim
 
  


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