While you're new to Linux, I am guessing you have a fair amount of computer experience and can find your way around, if pointed in the right direction.
Perhaps I should have told you I don't (yet) have any experience with Slackware either. But doing a search on "slackware," "install," and "floppies," I came up with this article
. It's a little (OK, OK, a decade
) old, but if go down to a section called floppies
you will find:
It's time consuming, but it works-you can buy or create the pile of floppies needed to install Slackware and then feed them into your box one-by-one when prompted. Slackware 'disk sets' are actually designed and arranged to fit floppy diskettes. If you happen to have a huge stack of recycled high-density floppy diskettes at your disposal, this can be the most economical way to go.
Checking the Slackware site, "disk sets" still seems to be a relevant term. I am quessing
that you will find that orignization on your CD and it is simply a matter of copying each "disk set" directory to its own floppy disk.
Since that is apparently a lot of disks, there is another option you might want to consider. I'll warn you that I haven't done this myself so you will have to figure things out on your own or find them on the Internet. I am guessing you currently don't have an OS on your laptop. I believe it is possible, and not too painful, to install a minimal FreeDOS
system via floppy. Assuming FreeDOS
can read your CD drive (after booting FreeDOS from the hard drive), you can copy (from the Slackware
CD) a kernel, a root disk
, and loadlin
to your (small!) FreeDOS partition and follow these instructions
If you need more help with installing from floppies I am wondering if you would get more help if this thread was on the Slackware forum. If you would like this thread moved (don't
start another thread -- that is a no-no!) use the report
button (at the bottom of each post) to ask a moderator to move it. Don't worry if the instructions you get after clicking report
makes it sound like that is not the right place to do this; the last time I checked their instructions are sub-optimal.