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Old 02-25-2004, 07:46 AM   #1
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linux on cd or floppy


hi

i have a laptop from work which runs w2k pro as the corporate standard and there is no space left on the disk available for a linux install.

i am fairly new to linux and for practice i would like to be able to boot from cd or floppy in to a linux OS environment without having to make any major changes to the company laptop. (i use red hat 9 on my desktop at home, but i would like to gain access to linux away from home)

any recommendations would be appreciated.

thanks
 
Old 02-25-2004, 08:14 AM   #2
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Knoppix
 
Old 02-25-2004, 01:10 PM   #3
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Damn Small Linux
Works good very small.

And MandrakeMove
is larger and more indepth.

Last edited by spoody_goon; 02-25-2004 at 01:17 PM.
 
Old 02-25-2004, 01:31 PM   #4
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In additon to Knoppix, you can also try mepis linux, morphix. As per my experice, Mepis is a better option.

brahma
 
Old 02-25-2004, 06:45 PM   #5
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thanks guys

i downloaded knoppix straight away, burned it to a cd, and booted up. seems to work well. what are the advantages with the other OS's that you also recommended?

also, on a similar note, i need to mount my usb stick on my laptop in linux. now i know how to do this at home by editing the /etc/fstab file etc, but obviously on an OS loaded from CD ROM, the changes are discarded after a reboot. is there anyway i can edit the fstab stuff etc before burning the OS to CD?

many thanks
 
Old 02-25-2004, 07:09 PM   #6
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Couldn't you just mount it manually?
 
Old 02-27-2004, 04:27 AM   #7
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...but obviously on an OS loaded from CD ROM, the changes are discarded after a reboot.
I know you can save some configuration settings on a floppy drive with knoppix, after that it's just a question of entering a boot option.
But I don't know if it goes as far as saving and restoring fstab .....

If I remember correctly you have to enter "knoppix floppyconf" when given the choice of entering boot options.
 
Old 03-03-2004, 07:53 AM   #8
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no, it's not efficient enough to re-edit the fstab file and the necessary commands to mount the USB stick everytime i want to use it.

the second recommendation, to have the files stored on floppy seems ok except for my laptop only has one bay for floppy/CD - so if I have booted from CD then I do not have access to a floppy drive.

i am new to linux, but i would have thought some of you gurus would have a way of making this work by editing the OS or something and re-burning to CD?!

cheers guys
 
  


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