Help for the Linux Installation Party [Technion, Haifa]
Important: The document
you read will help to get a concept about Linux Installation, you
can't use it for the real installation proccess, it's only a scenario.
Please Read the Install guide from you Linux distribution, if it's
not a book, it'll be good idea to print it or at least write
down the important things, since when you will start the installation
you will be not able to read the file.
Please be informed that any damage you do
to your system is on your responsibility only! Back Up before
you loose you Data!
Processor/Motherboard: 386 and up/ISA, EISA, VLB, PCI
Min RAM/HD[Mb]: plain linux 4/40, with X 8/100
Video/Monitor: Any one which works under DOS
Coexist with Any other OS
Linux Distributions :
The latest info in the Distributions
Linux on CDs in Israel: Israeli LUG www.linux.org.il/linux_sell.html
at TclTek www.tcltek.co.il, Maagarei
Tochna www.softsrcs.co.il (http://www.softsrcs.co.il/)
Linux on CDs from Abroad: www.infomagic.com,
www.redhat.com, www.ssc.com (http://www.ssc.com/vend/svend/linux?PdvXqDRA;;6),
(http://www.cdrom.com), www.pht.com, www.infomagic.com,
Buy the book with Linux CD:
Use FTP to download: ftp.linux.org.il,
ftp2.linux.org.il (ftp://ftp2.linux.org.il/pub/linux/), ftp.huji.ac.il (ftp://ftp.huji.ac.il/mirror/Linux/slackware/),
master.dsi.co.il (ftp://master.dsi.co.il/pub), tsx-11.mit.edu (ftp://tsx-11.mit.edu/pub/linux),
DCSN Linux NFS Installation (http://www.diaspar.com/org/dcsn_nfs/),
ftp.redhat.com (ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/), ftp.pht.com,
Get one of the Linux Distributions: Slackware, RedHat, Debian or other
from the above sources.
Prepare the Space for Linux on your HD:
Make a full backup of your system (or just the things you know can't
Run Scandisk or other tool (Defrag) to move all your data to the beginning
of the HD
If you have Win95 installed you need:
Cancel the win95 disk compression and swap file (this is done in the
"386 Enhance Setup")
(Win95/[NT 4?]) - Remove the trash can folder
IMPORTANT: Cancel any boot-sector virus-detection programs.
Disable BIOS Plug & Play and set a fixed setup for P&P cards
Registry (Win95/NT?) - the Registry can't be moved by Defrag, so after
defragging the following steps should be done:
1.Exit to DOS (i.e. "reboot" to DOS if you are under Win95)
2.Move (don't delete!) the following files under c:\windows to some
other file names: 1.user.dat 2.user.da0 3.system.dat 4.system.da0
3.Copy the moved files back to the original name
4.Delete the original files (In short "circulate" the files
so the new copies will "naturally" find their place right after
the defragged data)
Get FIPS utility (generally comes with Linux CD) and follow the instructions
to split your HD into 2 partitions without destroying the original Data
(Do not take it as deterministic, backup your data anyway)
Create a Linux Partitions:
Create a DOS boot disket: c:\>format /s a:
Copy fdisk.exe and format.com to this floppy
Boot from that floppy and run fdisk.exe to create/delete a new partitions
(note: this action can be Destructive to the data on your HD, read
how to use fdisk before use it!)
Now you can create the Linux partition: You should make one small swap
partition ~16Mb, and the second a bigger one for the Linux itself. You
better use linux fdisk to do that when you boot from the linux floppy.
(note: It depends on the distribution, some lets you create the partitions
during the install process, others ask you to do that before the installation)
Make Boot Diskettes:
You should create 2 to 3 diskettes to boot and install the Linux (once
again it depends on dist)
Use RAWRITE.EXE to write the Linux Image to the floppy, you may
need to Ungzip the image first. Use GZIP.EXE. Both utilities you can find
in the install directory.
Proceed the directives from your installation guide to choose the right
set of images to install (you have a few sets of images depending on your
Boot the linux floppy, swap the 2  floppies as you are being asked
for. You are in
You will get the menu or you have to start one (just type "setup"
The installation program will guide you how to install , mostly you
will have to press the Enter key. You will need to know a few things about
your hardware to help the install prog. Nowadays these programs becomes
more and more "user friendly" (like PnP).
Most of the distributions ask you if you want to create the rescue
boot disk. Do your a favor, and listen to advise you will need it later.
When you sure that the install process is over, just RNP (Reboot aNd
Procceeding with Linux:
Israeli LUG (http://www.linux.org.il) is a Good starting
Generally, search the Internet for "linux" keyword and you
will get a lots of places for digging the info, you are looking for...
Subscribe for the linux Mailing lists or Read the Usenet newsgroups.
Both of them can be very helpfull when you RTFMed (Read The F????
[fine] Manual) and didn't find the solution for your problem. But only
after you realy RTFMed, since you will be flamed if you didn't !!!