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moosejc 06-02-2013 03:19 AM

Help installing small distro without cd.
Hello everyone,

I am trying to install a small, minimalistic distro on my computer. I like Bodhi linux, but DSL or any other very lightweight distro will do. However, there are a couple of problems:

1) I am trying to install on a Dell Dimension 4600 with 512MB ram (it's almost 10 years old now).
2) (Both) CD drives are broken (I don't have any other desktops to get one from).
3) I do not think that the BIOS supports booting from a USB device (or, at least, I have been unsuccesful with it).

There are, however, a couple of things that may work in my favor:

1) It has an internet connection.
2) It currently dual boots between Windows XP and Xubuntu.

I used the Wubi installer to get Xubuntu on this machine, however, I would like to get rid of Windows and have just Linux (like I said, a small, lightweight distro).

Xubuntu is OK, but it is a bit too bloated (the Wubi installer offered no options but the full desktop install).

Is there any way I can install (hopefully Bodhi, or) another lightweight distro on here?

If not, at the very least, how can I remove all extra software and just have the bare bones Xubuntu core?

Any input would be appreciated, thank you all for your help.

pierre2 06-02-2013 07:36 AM

although that is it neither small, or minimalistic,
Debian does have a 'net install, that you could use.

512Mb ram would still be ok. just.

moosejc 06-03-2013 01:44 AM

Thanks pierre2 for the reply. I ended up updating the BIOS, and I was able to boot from a USB. I got Bodhi installed (yay!).

EDDY1 06-05-2013 05:11 PM

congrats on success, I was going to suggest debootstrap which has options at installing from your xubuntu system. Don't forget to mark thread as solved.

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