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I have a Novell Network at home, and I am trying to connect a Linux system to it.  Here is the situation:
I have a Linux system based on Fall '94 Yggdrasil.  I can't use any of the networking or Zip drive stuff to update the kernel because all the files are too large to fit on a floppy.  Since I have kernel 1.1.xxx and all of the network and zip items need 1.2.+, how should I proceed.

The only option I see is to get another CDROM with a newer kernel on it.  So, my questions are:

1.  Which one is best?  Stick with Yggdrasil?
2.  Do you have a solution to getting the newer kernels to my machine on floppys or a solution to using either netware or the zip drive?


Thanks,
Brett
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Uh, I'm not really sure what you're asking, but I think you might be pleased to know that you can move files that won't fit on a floppy using your floppy drive.  So if you want to use floppies to move a kernel source tree from one Linux box to another, you can do it.  Try this:

On the machine that has the new source tree, with a blank floppy in the drive:

tar cvMf /dev/fd0 linux-2.0.27.tar.gz

It will prompt you to change volumes (blank floppies) until it's written all the data out.  Number the disks as you swap em.

Then at home with disk 1 in the floppy drive:

tar xvMf /dev/fd0

It'll prompt you to change disks again, and voila, big file transferred.

About getting a new CD, that probably isn't a bad idea if you have the $ (you know you can freely download installation floppies right? ftp://ftp.cdrom.com)  I much prefer the Slackware distribution over anything else.  RedHat has a really bad SysV-Style init script layout and a horrible package manager and really stupid control panels.

If you shop around, you can probably find a CD-set that has Slackware 3.1 + RedHat + Debian, etc. all in one, plus extra goodies, for around $35.00.  Then you can fool around with all the distributions and see which you like best.  But if you want my recommendation, it's Slackware.

Hope this helps...

Mart

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