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Old 11-18-2004, 06:47 PM   #1
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is floppy drive really needed for slackware 10?

hey everyone, got a quick simple question. i was reading the slackware site and i noticed that it says you should have a floppy drive in order to install it. i dont have one on my laptop=(

does this mean i absolutely cannot install slackware 10?

thanks, --avery
Old 11-18-2004, 06:58 PM   #2
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No, you don't need a floppy drive to install Slackware.
The advice must have been unchanged from a much older version.
Old 11-18-2004, 07:02 PM   #3
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thanks man.. i am currently running openbsd 3.6, but my sound does not work. so i am going to try out slackware 10 i think. i plan on making boot CD.

2 questions:
do i really need all 4 of those ISO files for slackware 10?

do you know of any good programs for openbsd that can take the ISOs and make CDs out of them?

thanks for your time,peace, --avery
Old 11-18-2004, 07:16 PM   #4
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You only need disk 1 unless you plan on installing gnome or kde. After the install, I would mount the four isos via loopback. It saves burning lots of disks that way. For example, I have in my fstab:

/usr/iso/slack1	/mnt/slack1	iso9660		loop,auto,users,ro	0 0
/usr/iso/slack2	/mnt/slack2	iso9660		loop,auto,users,ro	0 0
/usr/iso/slack3	/mnt/slack3	iso9660		loop,auto,users,ro	0 0
/usr/iso/slack4	/mnt/slack4	iso9660		loop,auto,users,ro	0 0
where /usr/iso/... are symlinks to the isos elsewhere.

The second two disks are source disks, which are handy because they come with build scripts that you can edit for your processor, and then you get tarballs of programs optimized for your machine, but you don't need the disks for installing. (Also, there are extras like bittorrent and checkinstall on disk 3, I think)

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