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Linux Gazette: Setting Up a Linux Laptop With No CD-ROM Drive

Jan 06, 2001, 20:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Ward)

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"This article comes mainly from my fiddling around with a laptop I bought at a great price - US $800 some years ago - but lacking a CD-ROM drive. Just what I needed to see how to get a Linux box going using the network bootdisks that come with most distributions these days. I also have some experience with the elderly 486 I recycle as terminals (no CD drive either - and little else)."

"There are different ways of exporting the distribution CD from a Linux desktop: NFS, FTP and HTTP. I would like to discuss briefly each of these, before going into some of the interesting problems I encountered. I will try to keep this at a level accessible to all - and the techniques are quite easy to use - though NFS can be something of a bitch."

"I will use the RedHat distribution scheme here. Most of it also applies directly to derived distributions, such as Mandrake or HispaLinux. The ideas behind also apply to most other Linux distributions, though the details of implementation may be different."

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