LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 08-06-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
chryktus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2014
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Need to install Linux on Dell Inspiron 1110 Win 7 64-bit netbook w/no optical drive


I have 2.00 GB Ram, Service Pack 1, 250 GB HD 743 @ 1.30Ghz.

For my Linux class, I have to choose between:
Fedora: Including Fedora, Red
Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and
CentOS.
Debian: Including Debian, Ubuntu
and Mint.
SUSE: Including SUSE and
OpenSUSE[/SIZE]
 
Old 08-06-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
yancek
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Distribution: PCLinux, Slackware
Posts: 7,265

Rep: Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358Reputation: 1358
What's the question? Do you want someone here to make the decision for you? It might help someone make a suggestion if we new what you were planning to use the OS for.
 
Old 08-06-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
chryktus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Sorry, Can I use a virtual optical drive to install any Linux distro on my Dell netbook?
I'm taking a Linux class, and I have to install a Linux distro (above mentioned) on my Dell, which has no optical drive. Is this possible?

Last edited by chryktus; 08-06-2014 at 06:48 PM. Reason: not enough info
 
Old 08-06-2014, 07:12 PM   #4
EDDY1
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland,Ca
Distribution: wins7, Debian wheezy
Posts: 6,838

Rep: Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649
Are you installing to a VM?
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-06-2014, 07:13 PM   #5
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 16,487

Rep: Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412
I'd consider starting with a free virtual machine. You can then use iso image files to boot to almost any OS you want. It is the most safe and easy way to run linux.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
rokytnji
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Waaaaay out West Texas
Distribution: AntiX 17 , ChromeOS
Posts: 5,081
Blog Entries: 20

Rep: Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348Reputation: 2348
Quote:
Originally Posted by chryktus View Post
Sorry, Can I use a virtual optical drive to install any Linux distro on my Dell netbook?
I'm taking a Linux class, and I have to install a Linux distro (above mentioned) on my Dell, which has no optical drive. Is this possible?
Yes it possible in many ways. From VM mentioned already to dual boot to running off of external flash drive with persistence.
You need to specify which route may be preferable, some examples below

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...th+persistence

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...th+persistence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFRnCmmReqs

I hope you get the idea.

Happy Trails, Rok
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-06-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
chryktus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Great advice, everyone! Looks like I'm going with a VM Player. I still need to pick a distro, but that's on another board.
 
Old 08-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #8
chryktus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Do I need a Hypervisor with the VM Player?
 
Old 08-06-2014, 08:53 PM   #9
EDDY1
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland,Ca
Distribution: wins7, Debian wheezy
Posts: 6,838

Rep: Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649
Try virtualbox it's easy to setup. If you try kvm then you'll need to see if your cpu supports it. I tried it on 1 of my installations & it complained about not having the right cpu-extensions although it's a 64-bit OS.
Also you can upgrade memory to 4 Gigs.
 
Old 08-07-2014, 03:16 PM   #10
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 16,487

Rep: Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412Reputation: 2412
If windows is your host then you just pick a VM. May have to set bios settings to assist virtual support. Hopefully this system has support for a vm but I've used vm's way back on 486 processors.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dual Boot Win 7 AND Linux Mint or Precise Pangolin on a Dell Inspiron 10v Mini? Aramanda Linux - Newbie 6 12-22-2012 11:22 AM
Linux LiveCD that detects SATA Optical Drive in Dell e520? chuddy117 Linux - Hardware 2 12-02-2006 10:42 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:57 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration