Install Linux without CDROM burner ( LAN envirment )

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A. conditions:
1. no CDROM burner
2. hub + cable
3. two machines ( one is Windows machine can surf internet, the other is the
target machine which want to install Linux OS )

B. Steps:
1. Download the iso files by the Windows machine.
(the files are RedHat7.2 2 iso files or Mandrake iso file.)
2. Get a ftp server which can run in Windows .
( I use : www.bpftpserver.com )
3. Build a floppy boot disk using rawrite.exe or unix's dd.
( Redhat : bootnet.img and Mandrake: network.img )
4. Get a cdrom map program , and map the iso file to a virtual cdrom device.
( I use : www.daemon-tools.com )
5. Run the ftp server( such as : ), and create an account
which home directory is the virtual CDROM.
6. Boot the target machine using the built floppy disk, choose the
"FTP install", and input the target machine's IP ( ),
the ftp server IP (, account/passwd and the directory ( Redhat
use "." and Mandrake just leave it blank )
7. Enjoy the installation and take a cup of coffee :-).

C. But:
1. It can not install the rpms files which in the second CD, I will do experiment later.
2. SuSE7.3 has no such iso files?

D. Maybe:
1. If you have linux machine, it maybe can use :
" mount -t iso9660 -o loop /path/installimgfile.iso /home/someone/img" and then
use the account 'someone' to install it .

Hope to help you.

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Back To Topic: 俺没有 CD writer , 在下载 Suse_***.iso 或 redhat***.iso 文件后可以安装 Linux 系统吗 ? mount -t iso9660 -o loop /blar/blar/install.iso /mnt/cdrom, 然后呢 ? (Thanks a lot )

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