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Link to this post 17 Jul 10

Ok, Heres the deal.
I just started using linux about a week ago (and I havn't had all that much time to really learn it yet)
I am wondering if there is a way to Install an Iso image without burning the image onto a cd first. I had heard that there was a way to "burn" the image on to a flash drive. My problem is that I don't have one large enough to accommodate a DVD iso image. Normally I wouldn't mind burning the image to disk, but as I have not used the laptop that I loaded linux onto in about 5 years...and it was 5 years old at that point, well, the dvd-rom doesn't work anymore, It only has a cd-rw drive.
Well at any rate, if there is anyone who has a solution to my problem (technical problem, not my rambling problem) I would very much appreciate any input you can provide.

Link to this post 18 Jul 10

It can be possible to run a network based installer to retrieve the necessary files from an ftp, http or nfs server. There are also some options to have the installer files on your internal harddrive and use a usb based installer to trigger the installer to use those files.

I know for a fact that all of those options are available for slackware linux, but other distros may not have the same options. If you can tell use what distro you are using then we may be able to point you in the right direction.

Link to this post 18 Jul 10

yeah, im using ubuntu 10.04

Link to this post 18 Jul 10

I use Kubuntu 10.04

Link to this post 19 Jul 10

Ubuntu and Kubuntu users should read over the Installing without a CD sections of the ubuntu documentation to see what option best fits their capabilities and knowledge level.

In my experiences the ubuntu methods should be easier than with other distros, but in my opinion they open the process up to too many potential issues.

Can someone with experience installing from flash drives or netboot give these guys some additional guidance?

Link to this post 19 Jul 10

ok, I understand that part. I already have Ubuntu installed. what i'm trying to do is to install a different program on to that computer. its a game. but my dvd drive isnt working and the iso image is abour 2 gigs.
I have tried mounting the file on the drive but ubuntu won't read the files as executable.

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