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Re: Newbie needs help

Hi Lorne
I know this isn't based on Redhat but if you're real short on space you
can use Zipslack
This takes around 100Mb and can be installed on a Win9x FAT16/32
You can also install X on this.
Take a look here
 http://www.slackware.com/zipslack/  for the install file and info
 ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/linux/slackware/slakware/x1/ for X
It is Slackware based
But this will at least give you the feel of Linux
Hope this is of some help
Good luck

Lorne Williams wrote:

> From: Donovan Rebbechi
> Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 9:51 AM
> Subject: Re: Newbie needs help
> > THe differential section is less than 100MB. The base
> redhat mirror takes
> > up much more. If you're short on HD space, get a RH 5.2 CD
> and install the
> > contents of the differential subsection on top of RH 5.2
> Sorry, can't afford it. Don't want to either! I want to get
> started by downloading from the Independence site.
> > > Does anyone have a plan that will get me going in a 200
> MB
> > > Linux partition?
> How about 300? What's the minimum?
> > You can theoretically. But it's pushing the limits. Try
> imagining
> > installing Windows xx on a machine with 200MB of HD space
> and you get a
> > pretty good idea. The more features you add
>  DOS->Win3.1->Win95->Win NT )
> > , the more space you use.
> Windows 95 is only about 150 MB for a full install. The .cab
> files themselves are 45 MB, plus a few goodies, say roughly
> 60MB. I haven't tried it, but you might be able to download
> and install onto a 250 MB drive. I recall that my first
> install of Win95 was on a laptop with 4MB of RAM, and a
> 120MB HD. From floppies, over DOS. It was slow, but it
> worked.
> It worked. I didn't care that it was slow or lacked snazzy
> apps. It worked enough to get me excited about the potential
> of it. That's the sort of starting point I want with Linux.
> Get me into X and let me explore.
> > Here's a plan anyway: grab the Redhat 5.2 CD. When it
> comes to selecting
> > packages, choose individually, and keep it minimal. Don't
> install LaTeX or
> > Emacs. Don't install developement tools. Do install the X
> window system.
> >
> Perhaps someone could do this, and take note of the packages
> required. Keep the accessories to a minimum. One text
> editor, one game, an email program, a news reader. A starter
> system for the end user - non programmer.
> There are distributions that fit on one floppy. I don't want
> to go that small. To be comfortable for the average windoze
> user we need to be able to put them into X with a minimum of
> fuss. We can learn from MS. A full install of Win98 doesn't
> give much more than the short list above. But it works, it's
> snazzy, and there are tons of programs available to add to
> the system right away.
> Thanks for you help Donovan!
> Lorne.