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Old 02-25-2003, 08:40 PM   #1
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I need your recommendations...!


I need some feedback here.

I am going to setup a IPTables firewall on a little P133 machine I have here.
The only problem is that it does not have a CD-ROM drive and I do not have any extra drives lying around.

Does anyone have a recommendation on how to get Linux installed onto this computer?

I would appreciate any input.

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Old 02-25-2003, 09:13 PM   #2
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You can do an installation over a network (if you've got a network of course ).

From memory, you can do an FTP installation, as well as via HTTP. I'm sure there are other ways, so anyone else -- feel free to jump in and add/correct anything I've said.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 09:49 PM   #3
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you can use those dist onf loppy drives some of them has ipchains on them (or maybe iptables)
 
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There are several router projects that can be installed and or run from a floppy drive. smoothwall, frazierwall etc.

http://old.lwn.net/Distributions/
 
Old 02-26-2003, 10:49 AM   #5
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I have thought about going that route.

However, I would like to get some experience with either IPChains or IPTables, preferablly IPTables.

I was hoping that I could install either Red Hat or Slackware onto this little box.

I was trying to pick my brain to see if it is possible to install Linux onto this little rig without using a CD-ROM.

Can you perform a FTP install of Red Hat or Slack? What about a FTP install of Mandrake, Suse or Debian? I would prefer RH or Slack though. Once i get the OS on, the rest will be easy.

Thanks guys.

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Old 02-26-2003, 12:03 PM   #6
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Ok, I know Debian is installable via FTP.

What about Slack or RH?
Possible to install either of these through FTP?

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Old 02-26-2003, 01:29 PM   #7
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You could try NFS
Theres a network boot disk for slack, if you got HD space, you could copy all the packages you need.. Its possible it comes with NFS.

I once ran a slack NFS installation though a slip connection, very painful.. Took like a weekend..
 
Old 02-26-2003, 02:18 PM   #8
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Actually, you just gave me an idea.

I currently have a RH 8.0 box on my home network. Would it be possible, through NFS, to install RH 8.0 on the little soon to be firewall box?

If so, do you have a link on how I would do that? I have yet to venture into NFS, but I am very interested in doing so.

Thanks everyone.

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Old 02-26-2003, 07:33 PM   #9
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Sometimes I will just move the hard drive to another machine with a CDROM do the install then move it back. Seems to work okay for console stuff. I wouldn't think I could get away with configuring Xwindows on one videocard and running it on another.
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