Install Linux without burning a CD / DVD

So, I wanted to try out a new linux distro, but didn’t want to spend the 30 cents on a DVD. So, I found this great post from a red hat guy. I hope it helps out fellow geeks. All it needs is a current install of linux and grub being your bootloader. Just take the general idea to install other distros and using other bootloaders.

If you have some disk partition which you don't install to,
you can do hard disk installation.
Simply, put the ISO images into some directory on that partition,
mount -o loop FC2-i386-disc1.iso /mnt/cdrom
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/vmlinuz /boot/FC2-install
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/initrd.img /boot/FC2-install.img
umount /mnt/cdrom
and add entry like:
title Fedora Core 2 Installation
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/FC2-install
initrd /boot/FC2-install.img
to your /etc/grub.conf, then reboot into "Fedora Core 2 Installation".
During the install choose Hard Disk installation and point the installer
at the partition with ISOs.


One Response to “Install Linux without burning a CD / DVD”

  1. Chrystal Says:

    Hey Paul,
    Its Chrystal from the SAIT swim team…
    just browsing through the internet and stumbled upon your page! Email me back sometime…


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