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if your burning it within windows, the easiest way to burn the iso image is usually with adaptec, you can insert your blank cd-r, then double click the iso image file you have..
if not in windows or not adaptec.. usually just insert your blank cd-r, and then under the settings and options in most software, there is a option that your burning a iso image file to cd-r...
Must stress, though:
You must select 'burn from image', otherwise all you'll get is a cdr with 1 file called contrib-3.1-42-20010529.iso on it. Many, many times have people asked me/asked here 'I burned the image, and I can only see one file'. You must burn from image.
Which version of OpenLinux are you running? I've installed Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 before and thought the gui was great, but like just about everyone I have hardware that doesn't work or wasn't detected.
You might. I'm afraid I run Mandy, so nothing I say will be specific to Caldera. If you're already running Linux system, you should be able to mount the iso image file and read directly from it. There are two potential ways of upgrading that I can think of:
1. Mount the iso image and with any luck there will be an 'update' facility (possibly a nice little script file), so simply running this could be all you need. I know that Mandy will allow this (but you need to be in X).
2. Open the ISO file and search for boot floppy images that make reference to 'installing from an iso file on the harddisk'. dd these/this to floppies and reboot. Hopefully you can upgrade or install like this. Again, I know that Mandy allows this, but I'm not sure about Caldera.
Oh, if you're unsure, here's how to mount iso images:
mount xxxxxxx.iso -o loop /mnt/iso
and if you've never used dd (if=infile, of=outfile): dd if=xxxx.img of=/dev/fd0 will copy the bootfloppy image to the floppy drive. I think (not sure) that you must not mount the floppy for this to work.