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robiewp 02-15-2003 02:05 PM

Installing without floppy or CD
I'm looking to install linux on my libretto 50ct (75mhz, 32 meg memmory, 6GB hard drive). I formerly ran redhat 5.2 on it, but I haven't used the system in about a year, and have since cleared the drive.

At this point I no longer have a floppy drive OR cd-rom drive for the libretto. However, I can take the hard drive out and stick it in my windows or linux desktop.

What is the best way to install linux? any reccomendations other than slackware? I want a lightweight linux OS with xwindows, and hopefully support for my wireless card and regular network card.


RolledOat 02-15-2003 03:09 PM

If you can get the nic working, you can do a 'network' install from your other system. Put the ISOs on your other machine, hook them up and install.

There are lots of google hits, but this one seemed pretty good.

Also, arch and vector linux small optimized distros

2damncommon 02-15-2003 03:31 PM

You may want to look at Vector Linux.
It is made to run on low RAM machines and can be installed from a DOS partition you could create on your other PC.
Good Luck

robiewp 02-16-2003 09:06 AM

so far the linuxworld instruction set has been awsome. I hadn't considering running xterms using the horse power of my server. There are some other things it is helpful with (namely network installations), but I still am missing something.

Is there no way to put a bootable instance of linux onto the hard drive? working through dos seems like trouble, and notably I don't have dos installed.

2damncommon 02-16-2003 12:38 PM


Is there no way to put a bootable instance of linux onto the hard drive?
Actually, maybe.
I had forgotten that the first part of the Vector Linux install is the basic console stuff. X is added 2nd. The couple times I have tried it, moving a hard drive from one PC to another if fine with console stuff. I don't think moving video and sound is as forgiving, unless the PCs have the same hardware.
You should be able to do the first part of the install from your desktop and finish the install with X and stuff on the libretto (make sure the needed files are on the hard drive before reinstalling).
When I have an odd install to do I just read some docs and try what sounds like is workable.

Zipslack is another possible starting place.

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