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Old 06-13-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Linux Installation cd, uses M$crosoft software? Is that really Linux?


I have a newbie question about Linux installation cd's.

I have been reading about Linux, and I took a look at the installation cd for a couple of different Linux distributions, and it looks to me like they are using W$ndows software to install Linux.

1) Is that really a Linux distribution then? The installation cd has "exe" files in it and has "zip" files in it.

2) Aren't these W$ndows installation files?

3) Can't you make an installtion cd for Linux that has only GRUB or LILO bootloader and Linux files?

4) Has M$crosoft corrupted all Linux installation cds with their software?
 
Old 06-13-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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or is it more likely that in an effort to be friendly to those coming from the windows side a linux distro has placed onto a live CD or install CD a 'boot.exe' or 'setup.exe' binary that would allow said windows user to launch the Linux install / live distro from the CD on top of the Windows kernel? Hard to say without a file listing or a more detailed description of what gives you the impression that its a collection of windows files (and of course identification of the distro CD image downloaded).
 
Old 06-13-2008, 11:56 PM   #3
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Some distros like Ubuntu come with a launcher to install open-source software on windows, that is probably what you are refering to
 
Old 06-14-2008, 05:18 AM   #4
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'zip' was made for "PKZIP".(Shareware) (PK = Phil Katz)
Wikipedia :"Katz kept the new ZIP file format open....soon became a standard
for file compression across many platforms.""Katz was adamantly opposed to
Microsoft Windows in the early 90s."......

Exe files are often helptools to be used on windows to make other helptools
(e.g. boot floppy) to get you started with linux (See disc 1, Slackware.)
Usually a "README" will explain the purpose of these files.
 
Old 06-26-2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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The distributions for a few of the main Linux installations have folders called "dosutils" with many DOS programs in them, and a few also have "distro.exe" files in the root directory of the cd.

1) Are they running DOS to install Linux?
2) How can I find out what program is being run during installation?
 
Old 06-26-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
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The distributions for a few of the main Linux installations have folders called "dosutils" with many DOS programs in them, and a few also have "distro.exe" files in the root directory of the cd.

1) Are they running DOS to install Linux?
2) How can I find out what program is being run during installation?
None of the distros use those for standard installation. dosutils is kept for those who want to use them...syslinux.

"distro.exe" as in SUSE-11, is possibly for crashing something in M$Windows 32-bit GUI
 
  


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