Do I *really* need isos to install?
Before I start, I'm a low-intermediate user- I'm familiar with Linux as an "end user" but don't know much at all about the nuts and bolts. I'm a hobbyist, though, so the nuts and bolts are exactly what I want to learn. Okay, my question:
I've noticed that in addition to the ISOs available for most distros (and NOT available for Mandrake 9.2... grr) the ftps also have a folder with what looks to be all of the files that would be on the cd. I've also noticed that pretty commonly these are more up to date than the currently available ISOs (again, mandrake 9.2), or the ISO is simply difficult to find (slackware).
What I'm wondering is, how can I use them to either homebrew my own CDs or install the distro without burning any cds? If there's a detailed how-to somebody could point me to, that would be great, but just a general outline would be helpful.