download over dialup, no CDRom?
Is this asking too much? I'd like to download some kind of core distribution through my dailup and install it without having to burn a CD. Tools for programming would be nice, but even a GUI desktop can wait until later. Just enough to start putting together a system for programming, internet, and other desktop uses.
I pulled out the drive from the i586 machine I want to install Linux on, and temporarily plugged it into the i586 machine I'm using now in place of the CDRom. This machine is running Win98. I'd like to download to the C drive, and install from there onto the D drive, then put the drive with Linux installed back on the machine I took it off of and have Linux working. Is that absurd or otherwise unrealistic? I know the other machine has different hardware, but I have it right here, so I know what's in it.
Maybe 20-40M would be ideal, just enough to finish downloading in a couple hours before the ISP breaks the connection. Or separate pieces instead of one big ISO image. Does this animal exist? Is there some reasonable way of doing this? Am I missing something obvious, or is it beyond hope?