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I neglected to mention, Fewyn, I briefly HAD RH8. RUN, do not walk to the nearest upgrade to RH9 or 10. RH8, IMHO, is possibly the WORST RedHat distro ever. RH5.1, RH5.2, RH7.1, RH7.3, RH9.0 are INFINITLY better than RH8.0. If you LIKE RH8 you wiill LOVE RH9! RH10 I have no experience with. I will soon Upgrade at least one machine to RH10. I'm moving some things to OpenBSD as we speak. I've a brief usage period of FreeBSD a year or so back. Lindows4.0 is an interesting concept and is especially good for users who don't want to have to learn any more than they absolutely have to.
see my posts in the distributions/slackware/"slack instillation" thread. I go over how I used a mounted .iso image to install slackware. Most distros have the loopback device I speak of available.
If you can boot from floppies, then half of my post won't even apply to you.