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Old 10-18-2004, 08:23 AM   #1
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need to install via floppy

Hi all,

regard to my notebook is too old (p120) and no cd-rom, but I'd like to install linux via floppy disk? I used to tried debian but too complicated (not easy) I want to tried redhat cause there are too many book talk about.
anyone can tell me how can I do this? or any distribute that not too hard to install

Old 10-18-2004, 01:38 PM   #2
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Most distributions these days are so large they won't even fit on three compact discs, much less on a set of floppies. It would require thousands of floppies to install a modern Linux distribution.

In order to install linux using floppies, you would have to use an old - very old - distribution, most likely. And that distribution probably will not recognize any of your modern hardware and won't work.

So, here's some suggestions:

1. Purchase an external DVD burner that will hook up to a usb port on your computer and enjoy backing up your system as well as installation from CD's.

2. Plug your laptop into a network and install from another machine across the network.

3. Install directly to disk using the Suse FTP site for Suse 9.1 - I think they have some sort of installation routine you run straight off of their site where it downloads a package to configure your system and then continues over the internet. You better have a darned fast internet connection for that, however, which doesn't disconnect.

4. Take your laptop in to someone and have them install a CD drive for it. You really don't have much excuse here - a CD rom costs less than a typical meal these days. You can get a top of the line DVD burner for $127.
Old 10-18-2004, 05:36 PM   #3
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Did you try the latest Debian installer? from here:

I've found that the new installer is a lot easier. I've always used it with a bootable CD, but the same approach is used for the floppy. If you do try installing Debian, you MUST have a working ethernet connection on the laptop, because it will need to download at least a few hundred megabytes of stuff to install.


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