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Running Linux compeletly from a floppy

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i am considering adding linux to my system. i read somewhere it was possible to run a minimal and limited linux system completely from floppy but never said how to do this. Is it possible to do this and if so how? i want to see what linux is like before i go and repartition my hard drive and i figured this would be the best way, if it is possible.
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It is possible to run a VERY minimal linux from two floppies. This is usually done to set up the system on your hard drive for the first time. The floppy version is so minimal, however, that you will get no feel for linux at all: no x-windows and most of the commands are missing.

I suggest you try running linux from a RedHat CD-ROM, this should give you a better idea of what Linux is like.

If you really, really want to run linux from a floppy, go through the initial stages of RedHat installation - the bit where you make the boot disks. Then boot your computer with those disks and press Alt-F2 to switch to another console (ie. one that is not occumpied by the setup program).
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