On Mon, 24 Nov 2003 22:26:57 -0000, mrc91 <ca> wrote:
Do you have any idea how long it takes to download even a minimal install
of the typical distro over a ppp dialup connection? !!!!
But if you were willing to take the time, you could download the files
to a directory in Windoze and install from there, although I've never
Errrr...That's "folder " in Windoze, not "directory".
You could get tomsrtbt (google) which can be built under Windoze.
It's a complete distro on a floppy (1.72M on the usual 3.5" disk,
which Windoze handles) that loads as a ramdisk (in RAM only) that
has every utility needed to do what you want.
I'd highly recommend getting it, and using it and the first chapters
of http://rute.sourceforge.net to learn the basics of Linux before
you tackle a real install. Just make sure your BIOS is set to boot
from the floppy drive before the hard drive, which is standard.
The fact that Windoze is on the hdd will make no difference, and
tomsrtbt will vanish when you power down. You will probably need
to re-install Windoze, leaving at least 500MB for Linux, and can
do your partitioning, etc., with tomsrtbt, then boot Linux from
a flopply, and Windoze will not even know it is there.