Installing Linux on a PC using a Mac and Floppys?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by pretentious, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. pretentious macrumors regular

    pretentious

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    I know some of you guys use Linux, and so I'm hoping that someone could help.
    Heres the deal, I'm currently using an older beige Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6, I just got an old PC (HP 200MHZ P1). The computer had Win98 installed but now Windows won't boot. I don't have a Windows disk to fix this, nor the money to buy one if I could even find a 98 disk for sale(XP isn't gonna work).
    I'm thinking to format the disk, and to learn use Linux on this computer, however I don't have a CD burner, so I can't use CD iso files.

    My Questions, if anyone can help me.
    -Where can I find Linux floppy install disks to download? Any distro, but I would like to use KDE or Gnome, I'm not strong in CLIs and would like to use Moz or Konq eventually.
    -How can I make these files on to the floppys to boot and install on my PC from my Mac, I doubt it would be just as easy to copy on to the disks and go.
    -Is any of what I want to do even possible?

    I don't know much about Linux, but would like to learn, so any information would help.
     
  2. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    Do you have any Linux CDs? For the more popular distros (RedHat & Mandrake) there's a directory called Images, which has floppy images in it. They're called pcmcia and cd and so on. You use a program called Raw Write (should be in the Dosutils dir) to write those images to floppy. Then you can boot off of them.
    As for _installing_ from floppies, I don't know of any distro where you could do that; Linux is in excess of 600megs. If you have a fast internet connection you could do a network install...
     
  3. pretentious thread starter macrumors regular

    pretentious

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    I do have a reasonably fast Cable modem, so whats a network install?

    Silly me...I didn't even think of buying a Linux distro, Arn't they like $20-30 at CompUSA.

    Gesh I feel stupid now, I guess too much coffee,and it being really late (or early for some) and trying to over think things.

    Sorry guys I'm off to the store.
     

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