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Old 11-16-2006, 05:57 AM   #1
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Are there any distros that can be installed without a CD?

After researching as much as i could, i couldnt find any distrobutions of linux that can be installed from the hard drive. My burner took a crap on me and i've been dying to get any distro on here (cant stand MS anymore). i know it's a shot in the dark, but i figured i'd give it a try! I'm just trying to get something to get me by until i can afford a new burner... i dont care if it's a good distro or not.
Old 11-16-2006, 06:04 AM   #2
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Damn Small Linux can be run inside another OS like MS Windows, however its slow when run like that. You can try to get VMWare Player and make a VM for a distro you like. The installation can proceed from an ISO after that I guess.
Old 11-16-2006, 06:05 AM   #3
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Yeah you can install distros from floppy, check these out:

you can also install Minimal distros like puppy, feather and DSL on USB key:

feather Linux


Puppy Linux

you might even get slackware on USB if you are lucky



Old 11-16-2006, 06:07 AM   #4
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Actually many of them can be installed using a net/ftp-install or using media that is on harddisk; I recall RedHats used to ask where the installation media lies (cd/hd), but not sure if Fedora still does that. Of course if the media is on harddisk, it needs to be in some place that doesn't get formatted during the setup.

In most cases I think you need a boot disk of some kind to start the installation, and then tell the installer where the rest of the installation media is. Odd if you couldn't find any distributions, I'm sure quite many of them can do an ftp or a harddrive install.
Old 11-16-2006, 06:16 AM   #5
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Have a look at "Install GNU/Linux without any CD, floppy, USB-key, nor any other removable media" at
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