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knoppix is a distro that fits on one cd that will run right off the cd
go to www.knoppix.org and download it, then burn it, pop it in your cd drive, and you'll be up and running in no time
the only thing u need to make sure is that your computer can boot from cd: do that by pressing whatever button your pc needs in order to go into setup (they are usually DEL, F1, X, or BACK); then go into the boot menu and make sure the cd drive is listed above harddrive (press + on your keyboard while cd is selected to move it up)
knoppix is much slower than linux normally is because it has to decompress and then run, but it will give you a good feel; if u like it, it can be installed to your harddrive
slackware 9.1 does pretty much require both cd's, since the first is the core, and then the second is the gui, but slack 9.0 is just one cd if u would care to try it
good luck with linux
(btw, if u don't mind downloading some isos, try out redhat or mandrake first, that is my recommendation, but if you feel good about computers, go ahead and give slackware a shot, but it is a little difficult to get running at times)
no, slack is just 2 cd's (well at least it now is)
yes, u will probably need both, if u want a gui; if not, all you need is the first cd
then again, the second cd also has some extra toys in it and it can act as live repair cd
if u want a one cd distro, go with slack 9.0 or 8.1 (they say the latter is much faster than 9.0) but 9.1 also works extremely well, so u can make the choice
*edit: the other 4 cd's are source cd's that contain all of the source tar files for all the programs found in slack's 2 installer cd's; u don't need them unless you want to compile something on your own or just want to look at sources
Last edited by TheOneAndOnlySM; 10-11-2003 at 06:19 PM.
debian, i believe, is many cd's because it contains many packages and i'm not sure if they are in any particular order (once again, i don't know, but check the debian website and look around, you'll find some good info)
slack 8.1, just one cd (if u don't like the fact that some program u use will be outdated, just download an updated version and install that)
knoppix can be installed on the harddrive, too, but it is also a little slow to boot up
1 cd, 2 cd's... does it really matter or is it that big of a deal? Are you that tight on a budget to not use up two cdr's? I'm confused. Why go thru the hassle or care that much, be glad you can get it for free.
Use 9.0 that only requires one cd to install Slackware. If you need anything else just download and install, etc.
Use 9.1, the latest, with 2 cd's to have the latest and greatest, etc.